Legendary artist Mariana Alzamora, whose name is well-known in Boca Grande, has recently been honored by the Victoria and Albert Museum of London for her series of etchings titled “Sisyphus Redeemed.” Recently the museum added seven of the etchings to their collection.
The etchings are carved onto copper plates, inked and printed. Because she superimposes many plates to get an image, most are difficult to repeat so each one is a “monoprint”, therefore unique.
Her good friend, Islander Art Favreau, has some of her etchings in his possession. Several of them show the famous archway that leads to the beach from the Sharp Estate. She explained the importance of that archway, and how it ties in with the Sisyphus collection.
“The archway has been, for me, a very special symbol in my work,” she said.
Mariana said the characters that overlay the arch seem to be from Greek mythology, and they remind her of the figures on the vases.
Mariana currently lives in Mallorca, Spain. Her web site, marianaalzamora.com, contains many images of her artwork. If you would like to view some of her etchings, you can also call Art at 268-4096.