[Helena Ospina is Executive Director of PROMESA (Promotora de Medios de Comunicacion, S. A.) y Catedratica de Literarura de la Facultad de Letras en Universidad de Costa Rica. Ha sido miembro fundador de la misma Facultad (1974) y profesora de Lengua Inglesa y Francesa en la Universidad de los Andes en Santafé de Bogotá. Forma parte del equipo de Arvo.net. Envía el texto que sigue, animada por lo leído de Barbara Nicolosi, presentando sus convicciones y líneas de trabajo artístico. Bienvenida! JJGN]
Barbara Nicolosi’s exulting confession “I am an artist!” made me confirm certain insights in creativity. Reading Nicolosi’s papers in Santa Croce University’s Rome Permanent Seminar on Poetics & Christianity has stirred all the emotions and convictions hidden in my heart. To have another artist as Nicolosi so outspoken and confident in her vocation, encompassing not only her personal quest but handing out a professional hand to others (by helping them craft their inner vision) is remarkable!
My personal field is poetry. When I started in 1991 the Poetry Collection (50 titles published so far) in PROMESA (a Cultural Enterprise founded in 1982 by my husband), everybody told me poetry doesn’t sell. It was out of reach and destined to special palates in rapid extinction! My personal conviction is that one must make way for beauty in all of its manifestations. I cannot choose to change my talent. It is what it is. It is given. I can increase it or let it dormant. I can wrap it up and keep it closed in my individual self or try to communicate it to others. The latter is what I am doing with a small group of artists who study the potential expressiveness of the poetic image and explore it in the fields of music, ballet, photography, painting, drama… We call this project: “Interrelating the Arts”.