Waters: Glaciers and Bucks
"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
Waters: Glaciers and Bucks
"When I write to scientists and happen to have communications with them, I’m asking, 'Can I interpret your images?'"—Diane Burko
Waters: Glaciers and Bucks
"My political instincts, my love of a landscape, and my respect for science and love of science somehow has all jelled."—Diane Burko

By Diane Burko

Artist Approach to Communicating Issues

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

Waters: Glacier and Bucks, 2007−2011 comprises eight photographic prints that depict water in both New Hope, Pennsylvania—Burko’s home—and Glacier National Park, 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.

Art beyond Aesthetics

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

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 more recently 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.

Learn more about Burko and her body of work at dianeburko.com

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Artistic Interpretations of Glacial Receding

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