NON-FICTION, 350 words.

Growth is an idea that inspires the unmoving to move. Growth does not need fertile ground and does not seek permission. Growth requires an available space.

Growth is always new. It is not always comprised of new elements.

Growth collects unused parts and makes a machine with a different purpose. Growth demonstrates to the unemployed that they are useful again. Growth is the calling of a woman who texts a man who motivates another to get off his couch.

Growth occurs when people contribute their skills to a single system, and the system then attracts further opportunities—and perhaps fosters a different system. Growth does not care what has previously succeeded or failed.

Growth can be contained, stalled, re-routed or killed, always by another party seeking growth of its own.

Growth is ideas linking with other ideas, creating movement. The resulting spark flows between intertwined populations, who exchange resources on which to build. Among those populations are both the new and re-purposed, their success enlightening others.


ARTIST’S NOTE: I drew BOLT FROM THE BLUE as an echo piece to a drawing I gave to a dear friend in January or February 1984. The drawing from 32 years ago used the colors of black and light blue in a similar jagged fashion. BOLT FROM THE BLUE captures the essence of my recall of the original pen and ink drawing.

An opportunity was encouraged at the top of BOLT, at the peak, where two points have come together and a whole world has been formed (the wonderful blue, grey and white area inside the peak). This area had been nothing—empty—until the two points met. That’s the exciting thing about the concept of growth, and by extension human relationships: Something beautiful can be created where there had been nothing.

Looking at the bottom right of the drawing, we can see another two points poised to meet, and therefore we ask: What opportunity awaits us if this event occurs? What wonderful worlds can be made and improvised as other points of enthusiasm meet?

ABOUT: Ara Hagopian has published two softcover books: and

BOLT FROM THE BLUE is a pen-and-ink drawing from November 2010.  It's influenced by a piece I drew in January 1984 for a special friend.

BOLT FROM THE BLUE is a pen-and-ink drawing from November 2010. It’s influenced by a piece I drew in January 1984 for a special friend. I was a first-year art student at North Adams State College and a proud resident of Hoosac Hall.

About Ara Hagopian's The LITERATE Show

For over thirty years, I have enjoyed drawing beautiful shapes and writing complementary stories. The imagery tends to focus on our place in the world—whomever or whatever we may be. I am influenced by Twentieth Century history—I read vintage magazines, books and letters. Inspiration comes from visualizing human achievement and personal interaction—derived from people, places and things which may be obscure, but never insignificant. My pen-and-ink THE MAGNIFICENT RECOVERY was selected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for their 2008 summer art auction.
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