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Art’s lifetime endeavour

Creation springs first.
Reflection upon creation may appear later

Por Helena Ospina*

Creation springs first. Reflection upon creation may appear later. Not all artists need to come back upon their creation in search for luminous paths that may help their creativity.

My Splendor poetic trilogy broke out intuitively (Splendor formae 1995, Splendor Personae 1997, Splendor gloriae 1998). My need to explore it came later. For an artist the creative intuition comes first. The thought-articulation process comes later. The first doesn’t necessarily imply the second. But when the artist sees art as a process not only confined within the walls of the inner self, but as a responsibility towards others, the thinking-process related to one’s primeval intuitions may begin as an effort to understand the artistic truth behind artistic talent.

Art’s first gem –a poem in my personal case- contains all the potentiality of further expressiveness that can be pursued both in other poems or essays. The difference I see between the two is the ability a poem has to “curtail” the lengthy explanation needed in an essay.

Why should an artist trust so much the potential expressiveness of the first gem given? Edith Stein’s believes the work of art resembles and points out to the archetypal image. The poet is given the gift to “re-create” it (Stein. Finite and Eternal Being). And since the archetype Beauty– is infinite, the artist’s life consists in opening inwardly to it (Stein. Philosophy of Psychology), letting the inner self be determined to re-create it as faithfully as possible throughout a lifetime.

When an artist understands this artistic truth and acknowledges the responsibility of this given talent, artistic work is endowed with another perspective. The artist realizes the “sweet weight” of creativity -laid upon the heart- as one endowed with “the eyes open to the world of values” (Stein. Philosophy of Psychology), feeling the need to live in interaction with the Archetype and community.

* Helena Ospina completed her undergraduate studies in French Literature at Georgetown University (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1966 (Senior Essay: Paul Valéry: De l’idôle de l’intellect à la sagesse du coeur). She then earned her Licentiate degree at the University of Costa Rica in 1971 (Paul Valéry y la creación artística: De la “Introducción al método de Leonardo da Vinci” hacia una Poética). At the Instituto de Ciencias de la Educación of the University of Navarre she obtained her Diploma in “Orientación Familiar”. She teaches both Literature and a Seminar in Education at the University of Costa Rica. As Executive Director of PROMESA (Promotora de Medios de Comunicación, S. A.), a cultural enterprise founded in 1982, she manages both the editorial publishing house and the project “Interrelating the Arts”. Her vision of artistic creativity (“Arte y Persona” 1996) places “the unity of life” as an ideal to conquer between the arts and the person. Unity of meaning and structure in the Arts. Unity of spirit and body in the person. And unity of life and work. The work of art as Splendor formae (1995). The artist’s life as Splendor Personae (1997). And art’s finality as Splendor gloriae (1998). This Splendor trilogy implies both the formation of the artist’s personality and his craft –as “value bearers”– capable of transforming both the artist and his community in a transcendent endeavor.




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