Diane Burko's exhibition of paintings and photographs focuses primarily on spectacular and panoramic "extreme landscapes" of volcanoes, craters, waterfalls, and glaciers from Iceland, Italy, Hawaii, and Washington State depicted from disembodied and aerial vantage points. She explores the constant, if not always visible, natural processes and states of lava, as well as water's transformation among solid, liquid, and ether. Her dovetailed subjects are the very notion of spatial and temporal natural transformation and an investigation of the fluid boundary between representation and abstraction. Instead of inventing landscapes as a reflection of interior states of mind—a much more common practice nowadays in the art world—Diane Burko is an uncommon artist-explorer of the majest of the land and its psychological and spiritual effects on us.
This exhibition traveled to the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA from June 10-October 15, 2006.