I find all of the different readings people are providing of the Turkish artist’s work absolutely fascinating. Thank you for participating!
To me, Gurbuz’s painting with the birds in the middle of an ocean is about love. The bird who is free is in love with the caged bird. He could fly away if he wanted to but he knows that if he does, the caged bird will drop into the ocean. So he stays, sacrificing his freedom for the bird he loves. This is definition of love, in my opinion: choosing to carry a burden that is not yours.
And the piece with the interminable staircase is beautiful because I identify with the man with it. He is climbing the endless stairs but he is also carrying a ladder just in case the stairs end. He will need to keep climbing even if there is nothing left for him to climb.