NEWPORT – Many people involved in the Newport music scene have known Gabriela Rassi from her time as bassist and co-composer of indie rock trio Silverteeth.
For much of the 2010s, the band was a staple of the niche community while performing at local venues such as Pour Judgment, Parlor Bar & Kitchen, and the former Jimmy’s Saloon.
These days, the native of Goiânia, Brazil, has focused on visual art rather than sound variation. After recently graduating with a Fine and Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, she received a full scholarship as an MFA candidate at the Yale School of Design in New Haven, Connecticut, in. promotion of the 2023 program.
Prior to starting further studies, Rassi will be hosting an art showcase titled “Panic Room Music Box” at The King’s Lens and Friends Gallery, 7 Carroll Avenue, July 16 from 5 to 8 pm.
The exhibition was almost on the verge of not being a reality at first, as Rassi was preparing to move to another city before the MFA program began. Then The King’s Lens and Friends presented a different gallery, so the opportunity arose.
“I actually didn’t really plan on doing a show because I was getting ready to move and recorded music, which I wanted to do before I moved to New Haven,” says Rassi. “I also graduated later than expected, so I didn’t really have too much time between December and now to do the music and prepare for an art show.
“It seemed like a lot to have on my plate, but the gallery had a cancellation and it was kind of a last minute thing, I had a month and a half to get ready after hearing it was going to happen. I plan to I’ll be using some of my paintings from the past two years as well as some newer stuff. “
As someone who dived into two creative mediums, Rassi saw both his love of music and painting intertwine. For this reason, she sees no separation between each art form.
“Music is my number 1 love, but I’ve been doing visual art since I was a kid,” she said. “I would have even had these little shows, which was my first trip without my parents when I was 11. After I started going to school and they didn’t have art classes, I lost interest.
“A year before entering RISD, music was becoming too much of an issue for me and I needed to find a new creative outlet that was relaxing, that I had no worries about. I started painting again and after I made a portfolio I entered RISD, but that also became an important issue. “
“My first intention when going to RISD was to do something design oriented,” added Rassi. “I wanted to enter school as a painter because it was my portfolio, but then transfer it to design and eventually to a design major. Then I fell in love with painting and that’s how it happened. Doors kept opening for me in the world of painting, but I feel like I could never really separate it from music again because my music is so influential in my paintings.
For the next exhibition, Rassi aims to convey meaning through his paintings as a form of language. At the same time, she hopes that the viewer forms their own meaning from the works of art in their own way.
“The way I paint is a mixture of planning and spontaneity, I am the first spectator of my paintings,” she explained. “My paintings tell me something about myself. I learn brands, I learn crazy objects that I design and I learn by combining all of these elements to create some kind of language or cryptography.
“My intention is to open up a space for people to find some of the language in these paintings, to see if they learn something about themselves through them and if they can connect to it in a way. or some other. The language I propose can be combined with the objectivity of the person and he can then create his own meaning by being exposed to it.