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?”
When I write to scientists and happen to have communications with them, I’m asking, “Can I interpret your images?”
My political instincts, my love of a landscape, and my respect for science and love of science somehow has all jelled.
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.
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 CHF staff Burko discussed Waters: Glaciers and Bucks, 2007−2011, her work with scientists, and her transition into climate change−based subjects. Watch the clips above to hear about and see how Burko merges science and art in her work.
Learn more about Burko and her body of work at dianeburko.com.
Watch the five videos above: Diane Burko discusses the moment when she realized that climate change could be a vital part of her work; the process of creating a painting, from helicopter ride to studio; a glacier-focused painting; her photographic prints, Waters: Glacier and Bucks; and her work with scientists. Use the arrows to navigate through the videos and images.