newsworks "...her canvases are about melting glaciers, eroded mountain ranges and large fragments of ice floating in chaotic waters." By Elisabeth Perez-Luna
'She is interested
in showing the forces that are shaping change in nature and to do so,
she works closely with scientists who are documenting and measuring our
planet's environmental transformations.'
'Along the walls of Burko's ample studio in Center City, Philadelphia,
there are half a dozen paintings in progress. Her work table has a rich
palette of white, green and blue paints. All flat surfaces are filled
with topographic charts, official aerial photos, fat volumes of
statistical studies from NASA and U.S. Geological Surveys and lots of
'This is clearly a place where art and science live together and
inform each other. She describes the painting she is working on.
'"It's a diptych. On one side is a map of Antarctica with a landscape
based on photos I took on a recent trip to Antarctica," explains Burko,
"and on the right is a graph about how ice melts in different parts of
the world, there are no dates or numbers. It's just an implication, just
a graphic thing and there's also color lines."'