Festival Fine Art: Burgandy Viscosi, Visionary Artist & Live Painter
Burgandy Viscosi used to be in the Navy. Then she got into a car accident that put her out of commission for six months. This extended recovery period gave her plenty of time to think about what she truly wanted in life. That’s when she started learning how to paint.
Burgandy started supporting herself as an artist with commissioned portraits. Yet at the same time, she was privately experimenting with her personal style. By 2006, she discovered visionary art, which focuses on the spiritual nature of sexuality, the precious nature of our resources, and the miraculous nature of life itself. Burgandy began doing live painting at festivals, as well as doing murals for hotels and hostels. She slowly started to build her reputation in the art community, and now curates art for her gallery in Seattle and around the world.
Luckily for us, Burgandy will be giving Gratitude Migration the gift of her live painting. The starting point of the project will be a portrait that she did of one our organizers, Dawn, a few years ago. “We're going to go back into that portrait, create more visionary ideas, and put some of her intentions into the creation of it,” Burgandy told the Gratitude team. “We’re also going to add from Gratitude Migration itself: the beach elements, some of the butterfly components, and whatever else we’re inspired by at the festival.”
As if that’s not enough, Burgandy will also curate a gallery of visionary fine art for the festival. The installation will feature Caren Charles, Joness Jones, Nicole Palapoli, Jeff Sullivan, and The Art Rises. Visitors can expect to see work that puts different perspectives of consciousness onto the canvas. In other words, the pieces highlight what the artists want the world to become.
Manifestation is an important aspect of visionary art. “I want people to find a piece that is composed of ideas that they’re hoping and longing for,” Burgandy said. “You put it on your wall, and because you see it, you can feel it. The imagination is such a key part of how we create in this world.” Burgandy calls this form of imagination “mental yoga,” or stretching into the reality that we wish the world to be. She feels that visionary art will help us get there.
This piece will be available for sale at Gratitude
“I’m going to these festivals, and I’m listening and watching,” Burgandy said. “I’m hearing what people are saying. They know the direction they want the world to go– and I paint those ideas into my work. So we’re making the piece collectively.”
To support the work of Burgandy, as well as the other fine artists at Gratitude, check out the websites below and help us make visionary art at festivals the museum of the future!
See you on the beach!
Written by Jillian Richardson. Photos courtesy of Burgandy Viscosi.