Ms. Fegi, Rachelle Dyer, acrylic on canvas, 16” by 20”
This painting conveys passion and feeling by capturing the singer in one single moment of a song. The artist, Rachelle Dyer, creates a very strong atmosphere around the subject, Anna Fegi. The first thing that might draw in the observer would be the use of color. Ms. Fegi is draped in a light blue shirt and it appears that a light is hitting her. The background of the picture remains dark and colored a deep red. Another red that appears in this picture is the lipstick on the subject’s mouth. This makes the mouth pop and draws attention to it. We, as observers, also notice that her head isn’t staring straight into the audience. She is tilted and her eyes appear to be closed while she is singing. Looking right in front of the singer is an old fashioned mic that is casting a shadow upon Ms. Fegi.
Dyer did a wonderful job illustrating the passion the singer feels by adding a head tilt. It creates an emotion that intrigues the observer and makes you wonder what the singer is feeling right then. The closed eyes also help to emphasize the power behind the song. The light colors and dark background colors create great contrast and allow Ms. Fegi to really stand out in the picture. The fact that the painting only shows the upper half of the body and is cropped to be closer up, leads us to wonder where she is singing her song and who is listening. The fact that Fegi appears to be dressed up also helps create an air of mystery in what is going on while the song is happening. The lipstick on the singer’s mouth leads us straight to her face and allows the audience to experience the passion that is being conveyed in this one instance of the song. This painting could also be interpreted as a sense of female empowerment seeing as though the subject is a female as apposed to a male.
The music industry has created a business where people can express themselves through their work and create an emotion that is easy to follow. The artists put feeling and heart into the songs in order to capture their audience and share their experiences with them. Lately the talent seems to be based mainly upon appearances rather than the raw material is used to contain. That is exactly why this painting is so refreshing for people to look at. It brings back a sense of empowerment and passion that still allows observers to question and enjoy.