Looking at Problems as Puzzles Through the Rubik’s Cube Metaphor

The Rubik’s cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and architect Erno Rubik. The Rubik’s cube, which was invented to create a kind of intelligence puzzle, is used as a metaphor in this work. Unfortunately, although I could not reach the artist’s interpretation, I should happily state that there are many art lovers who write their comments under various pseudonyms. While I think that art is one of the most beautiful ways of sometimes embellishing what is inside us and sometimes conveying it as it is, I also see it as a space where the “hidden” can be revealed. Unfortunately, I could not find the owner of this work of art, which we will talk about and which is really open to interpretation. If you find or know about it, I would be glad if you reach it via social media.

Apart from being a Rubik’s cube toy; It may remind of complexity, search for solutions, patience, impatience, belief in impossibility, personality, part-whole relationship, external factors. I would like you, dear reader, to look at this work of art by concentrating first.

You can comment, ponder, or simply scrutinize its meaning within yourself…

In the work, we first see a striking rubik’s cube. Then our attention is drawn to the eyes, lips, ears and nose on the rubik’s cube. What about hands? Who does the hands belong to? If possible, could you look back?

I continue by guessing that there will probably be two basic views.

  • The two hands of the owner of the face in the work and the remaining 3 hands (Your answers about who those hands belong to may contain many, valuable and various meanings that I cannot imagine. Therefore, I continue without adding comments.)

  • The face in the work and the remaining 5 hands that do not belong to the face. (Your answers about who the five hands belong to, apart from the owner of the face, may contain many, valuable and various meanings that I cannot imagine. Therefore, I continue without adding comments.)

Since we have examined the work in detail, first of all, I would like to convey the comments of the people who commented on the work under their pseudonyms, dear reader. By our nature, we are capable of making unique interpretations. Therefore, I recommend that you read each comment carefully and associating it with the work. There may be commentators you meet on a common ground. It can be good to feel belonging if there are commentators you agree with, or if you have a different view, reading the comments and looking at them from other perspectives can make you feel flexible and open to new views.


Each comment offers us a different perspective…

‘Once you start to understand yourself, everything else will fall into place.’ Roccio Saldana

‘Reading the complexity of one’s mind is as confusing as a rubik’s cube algorithm.’ Toyamon Lulu

‘An unknown face is like a shuffled rubik’s cube. You don’t know where to start solving.’ Nidhi Garg Kansal

‘Because I wear different hats for various reasons such as work, family or friends… Everyone sees a different version of my wholeness.’ Dionne

‘The mind’s eye and the hands of time know that a cube can never be just a square.’ Laksmi Nair

‘Just like a rubik’s cube, it made my head spin until my face showed its true color. ‘ Araliza Arias

‘Even if people misalign your vision and turn the truth into a lie, keep your words equal to your actions.’ Sweta Panigrahi

(He referred to the rubik’s cube found in the work, along with the words align and turn.)

‘Our mind’s self-discovery is like a rubik’s cube. Every twist and turn will bring us to another level towards personal growth and learning.’ Judy Soh

‘Sometimes it is ourselves that confuses us, we need to correct and align ourselves in the right perspective.’ Matthew Diengdoh

‘It is sometimes difficult to know who is helping and who is keeping us from seeing the truth.’ Felicia Renteria-Holmes

‘Our mind is a spider web of overthinking and doubts. We have to solve the puzzle ourselves to maintain our peace of mind…’ Banti Adhikary

‘Don’t let people confuse you.’ Adriana Caicedo Nino

‘Play patiently and with integrity to solve the Rubik’s cube life puzzle.’ Dipanweeta Das

‘Letting others play with your head makes life a puzzle.’Vyvienne Chamberlain

‘Too many people are reasoning for my inner puzzle, let me solve my own puzzle.’Renu Suri

‘Every mind is a dice, play wisely.’Harpreet Saini

‘Our minds are a puzzle, we are in a constant struggle to solve the struggle.’Teresa-T

‘You are just an enigma of your consent to other hands to solve the riddle of the self.’Ho’oponopono

The ‘Rubik’s cube of facial expressions always changes to represent your EQ (dummy intelligence) versus IQ. Which one is telling the truth? ‘Margaret M.

’54 people and none of them fit.’Amanita Ocreata

‘Letting people warp your mind like a rubik’s prevents you from being yourself.’N – Browny

‘Life pulls you in different directions to make sense of the cube.’Za Ba

‘When your mind or your life seems like a jigsaw puzzle manipulated by others, remember that you are the only one who knows how these pieces fit together. ‘Andrea Keener

‘ The key to unraveling the pattern of our ‘programmed intelligence’… is to align them the same!‘Josua Paul Francis Sacro

‘The mind is so complex that you have to change your way of thinking often to align your thoughts…’Linda S. Mansolf

‘Moulded and twisted side by side. I’m trying to decide who I am.’ Kelley Higgins

‘Changing the obscurity for perspective.’ Marelize Jooste

‘We are faces of different emotions trying to unravel the matrix ourselves to align within ourselves. ‘ Jessica Arora

‘Being shaped by people’s approval distorts your true image.’ Arabella Shane Fuel

I thought it would be helpful to share these comments with you, which I enjoyed while reading and thinking about them one by one. Now let’s continue where we left off.

If I go to my own interpretation,

First of all, we see a pair of eyes that are sad and perhaps reflect the burnout that the person experiences while searching for solutions.

I’ll start by separating active and passive in terms of movement. We see five active hands (two of which I think belong to the person). When the person is trying to solve the puzzle with his own hands, external factors come into play. Rubik’s cube is a passive metaphor that becomes active with external factors.

When we put a comma here and think about what it reflects on us,

Possibilities, possibilities, dreams and thoughts always remain passive unless we activate them. Then, just as a person shapes with both hands, we can shape our dreams, possibilities and possibilities, organize them in our own way, and execute a plan.

What about the remaining three hands, what can be the equivalent of this in our lives? Of course, the most likely answer to this is external factors. External factors can play into all these possibilities and dreams. It can appear as if it is our own hand, just like in the image, and can have an impact on our decisions and thoughts. These effects can be beneficial and functional as well as manipulative and harmful. While we think that we wanted it, shaped it at that time, at some point we may find ourselves losing control. A boundary should be drawn at the point where it is harmful or at the point where it disturbs the person even if it is well-intentioned. When the need to draw a boundary arises, it may be difficult if the person has not practiced it – which is very normal – at this point it will be useful to get support from an expert.

In the work, we see that similar tones are used on the hands and on the ground. With this, attention was drawn to the rubik’s earring and stress or difficulty may be reflected along with the confusion created by the colors used and bright tones. The neutrality of the color used on the hands and the floor almost adds a blur to the hands and their owners and reduces their clarity. The use of the same color on the hands and on the floor and the use of softer and neutral colors compared to the rubik’s earring may indicate that it is difficult for us to choose and understand whose hand is involved and who is influential on possibilities or dreams.

Tired and weary eyes clearly and clearly convey the complexity of the situation and the difficulty of the puzzle. I believe that everyone can find something for themselves in this work, which is focused on puzzles with the metaphor of the Rubik’s cube.

Coming to my last words; Perhaps a word, a piece of art, a song, or a correctly asked question will suffice to solve the puzzle of life. Just like a puzzle game, after solving a puzzle, perhaps a more complex and higher level puzzle may appear before us… The important thing is to see each puzzle as a game, with the right questions, increasing the capacity of self-healing and if we want, with the support of our loved ones, being willing and eager for a solution. will be.

– How would it make you feel to see the problems as a puzzle?

– Does turning your life puzzle into a game help you relax?

– Does turning the problems into a progressive game make you solution-oriented?

– Does getting support make it easier to solve the puzzle?

– How do you feel as a result of solving the puzzles?

– What do you think about getting support from an expert when you have difficulty solving puzzles, or when you believe you cannot solve them?

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