Made of Hagop Install – 2392 Morse Avenue
The dominating feature of the lobby at 2392 Morse Avenue is this beautiful mural done by the artist Hagop Belian. Hagop is a self-taught mixed media collage artist. His work is an exploration in the concept of synergy: the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts. The source materials of his work come from books and materials dating from the early 1500’s to the 1800’s and are retrieved from public domains and libraries from around the world. By constructing unlikely relationships between images, Hagop brings new meaning and purpose to the subject matter, thereby challenging society’s preconceived notions regarding race, gender, and culture. Hagop’s creatures are Totems that represent the merging of a human being with their spirit animal. He regards his creations as “Medicine” offerings, as they are intended to bring healing and inspirational energy to the space that they adorn. These characters emerge as if they had always wanted to exist in the world and they demonstrate that we are all created form the same energy that unites us as one global community. Hagop’s intention with the work is for people to recognize their own spirit and witness their strength of character reflected back to them. The design that is depicted here took 6 weeks to design and two days to install.