|Diane Burko is a Philadelphia-based painter and photographer, whose practice has been about exploring the natural landscape. She collects archival images or her own aerial photographs as source material. This process began in 1977 when she flew over the Grand Canyon with James Turrell. Ever since she has investigated the vast complexities of monumental landscapes throughout the world primarily from the air. A recent project on volcanoes included Alaska, Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, Italy, Costa Rica, and finally Iceland, the most active volcanic territory on earth. The ongoing project, "Politics of Snow," highlights such landmarks as the Matterhorn and the Alaskan Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, and documents the rapidity of change of glaciers in America, Iceland, and other parts of the globe. Burko's many awards include 2 NEAS and 2 PCA grants, a Lila Acheson Wallace Giverny residency and one at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio and a grant from the Leeway Foundation. Her work is in the collections of The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago amongst others. She is represented by Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.