Chris Buzelli and Kesha Rise Up for Rolling Stone
Few artists have experienced as long and complex a professional half decade as Kesha. Her attempts to emancipate herself from her record deal in account of the abuse she received from her producer was national news and brought information to the public eye that no one would want made public. But she faced the shame and scrutiny so that she could work unfettered. The court did not side with her, though, and it seemed all of her courage had been in vain as she would either have to fulfill her contract under impossible pain, or she could never work again. But what Kesha taught us is that courage is never in vain. Her new EP, Rainbow, just dropped and Rolling Stone asked Chris Buzelli to create a portrait of Kesha that illuminated the themes of her work and her current life to go along a review of her return to music.
“This is her rising from the ashes,” says Chris, describing his painting that shows rainbows rising from burnt detritus, transforming into Kesha’s hair as her visage floats above it all. Behind her clouds of smoke billow, but even ash they choke out the sun a flock of birds fly proving that even in the most impossible of circumstances it’s still possible to rise above. Kesha’s story is one of hard won resilience and, despite the reputation of Pop Music being more about fun jams that serious introspection, Chris’ image shows us that there’s more to learn than we may expect.