Sensing Change: Waters, Glaciers, and Bucks

Part of the Institute’s yearlong Sensing Change initiative, Waters, Glaciers, and Bucks, 2007−2011 comprises eight photographic prints that depict water in the town of New Hope in Bucks County Pennsylvania—artist Diane Burko’s home—and Glacier National Park in Montana. From the flooding of a nearby canal to a receding glacier thousands of miles away, the waters demonstrate not only the local and global effects of climate change but the immediacy of this issue in even the most beautiful landscapes.

Serendipity plays a big role in my life. Things just get connected, and I’m always standing back and saying, ‘Wow. How did that happen?’

—Diane Burko

Diane Burko has worked closely with a variety of scientists in her landscape-focused work and discusses her work process.

Diane Burko explains the vivid moment when she realized that climate change could be a vital part of her work on landscapes. 

A studier and painter of glaciers and their movement, Diane Burko discusses a glacier-focused painting.

Diane Burko is a painter and photographer who has used the natural world—including waters and geological phenomena—as her subject since the 1970s. Burko’s work has taken on the enormous effects of climate change on the landscapes she has interpreted for decades. In an interview with our staff, Burko discussed Waters, Glaciers, and Bucks, 2007−2011, her work with scientists, and her transition into climate change−based subjects.

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