The Horror and Fantasy Film Week opens the exhibition ‘Euskadi Fantastikoa XVI’, dedicated to the Biscayan illustrator Sarima, an author who was lucky enough to have the director of ‘Star Wars’ select one of her drawings.
QThe creator of one of the most important fantasy sagas in history noticing your work is no small feat. But that is what happened to the Biscayan illustrator Marisa López, who signs with the artistic name of Sarima. Not surprisingly, the filmmaker George Lucas, responsible for Star Wars, looked at the work of this author, specifically her illustration The Counselour, collected in his book Moonlight: Magic Fables, and later exhibited on the website of the museum that Lucas has in Chicago.
Sarima is the guest artist in the 16th edition of Fantastic Basque Country, an exhibition organized by the Horror and Fantasy Film Week that seeks to showcase Basque talent who imagines fantasy worlds with their brushes and which was presented yesterday at the Victoria Eugenia Club room. The exhibition can be visited until November 13 at the Central Library of Donostia, at which time it will make the leap to the CBA in Irun, from November 23 to December 9.
Jorge Madejón has been in charge of curating Fantastic Basque Country XVI and among the works selected for the exhibition is, of course, The Counselour. Sarima, originally from Bilbao, is a digital illustrator, graphic designer and teacher; he is dedicated, above all, to editorial illustration and his fantasy worlds include beings from Basque mythology, as well as elves, witches, fairies, fauns, sorcerers and warriors, among other magical creatures. She has also been the art director of the magazine Imaginary and has designed characters for video games. “What impresses me the most is how she brings her characters to life,” explained Madejón, who highlighted the “realistic” character of the Bilbao’s works, a “reference within fantasy” that has won awards such as the Illustration of Mallorca Fantástica.
Around thirty illustrations by the artist are shown in the exhibition. The installation presents a tour of his work through different rooms and opens, precisely, with the most representative of his career. In this place, for example, the work Raven, a work “with a beautiful character” that they considered using as a poster. In turn, some of the illustrations created for the novel are exhibited The son of the traitor, by Pedro Urvi; and of course, The Counselor. “It is an illustration that fits into the universe of George Lucas,” said the curator.
After this introductory area, another dedicated to Moonlight: Magic Fables, a book as well as illustrated, also written by Sarima, edited by Dibbuks in 2011 and which focuses on various mythologies, including the Basque one.
Likewise, there is also an area dedicated to the work he has done with Urvi, a writer of fantastic literature who is gaining weight. In fact, the English translation of the aforementioned The son of the traitor, first part of the saga The Path of the Ranger, is giving many joy to its creators because it is among the first numbers in book sales on Amazon. “Sarima’s work is gaining great relevance with it,” said the commissioner.
The last section of Fantastic Basque Country XVI is dedicated to miscellany, that is, it is a space where you can find both his work as a cover for magazines and books.