Diane Burko was born in Brooklyn New York and lives in Philadelphia. She was a professor at Community College of Philadelphia, also teaching at Princeton University, ASU and PAFA. Burko’s artistic practice began with her interest in geological phenomena. She has investigated locations on the ground, underwater and in the air from open-door helicopters and planes using cameras, drones and sketchpads. Traveling from the temperate zones of the Americas to Western Europe, from rain forests to glaciers, from active volcanoes to coral reefs, her art merges a vision that is at once panoramic, and intimate. She comments:
"Climate change affects us all. From Siberia to Lytton to Bootleg, the human race is already suffering drastically from extreme weather disasters such as flooding, heat and drought. “I endeavor to bring this crucial issue to light through images rather than words."
Burko describes the process of creating the three “lenticulars’ on view in this exhibition.
“Each lenticular form was created by combining 15 separate frames of images. Each of the images were carefully selected and looped to give an effect similar to animation.”
Diane Burko earned an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. She was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by the WCA/CAA, and the Fleisher Art Memorial Founders award in 2019. Her artwork has been exhibited widely. A major exhibition, SEEING CLIMATE CHANGE: DIANE BURKO, 2002-2021 is currently on view at the American University Museum in Washington DC until December 12th.