When you first see this artist it’s impossible not to be taken and maybe seduced by her striking and unconventional beauty.
Her songs beginnings and their evolution are strongly influenced by her study of painting and her education in the fine arts which led to a master’s degree in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. Intertwining it with her visual expressions, her deepening and serious involvement with music resulted in a unique sound and compositions that have been described as «dream folk» and lyrically as American Gothic, work that often immerses itself in personal and introspective narrative aspects. Creations like «Mayflower May», who appears as Marissa’s alter ego, here illustrating the end of a relationship. And poems by Pablo Neruda and Edgar Allen Poe served as inspirations for her songs, two other pieces are about the deaths of Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath (she of the spectacular exit). Weaving through her work is a talent for expressing the supernatural, the mystical and all things beautiful. We loved her video «Thinking Of You». It’s lovely and it’s a killer.
This is a softpower woman artist and one who’s been living up to her ideals and her words. Marissa has taught children with special needs just to «keep busy and help people with my time.»
And just in time, a beauty in body, voice and soul is walking through our door.