Daniela Naomi Molnar works in a range of forms including painting, poetry, art direction, site-specific intervention, writing, activism, and teaching.
Daniela is the founding Program Director of the Art + Ecology program and a full-time Associate Professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she has been teaching undergraduate and graduate students since 2007. She also teaches at the Sitka Center for Art + Ecology. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors, a backcountry guide, and an all-around integral part of Signal Fire, an organization that provides opportunities for artists to learn about environmental justice issues by engaging with public wild lands. She is founding Co-Editor of Leaf Litter, with Amy Harwood, Signal Fire’s art and literary journal.
Her work has been shown in various locations in Oregon, at the Henry Gallery in Seattle, and in New York City and has been recognized by grants from the Ford Family Foundation, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She was nominated as a finalist for the Creative Climate Awards in 2018. She has been awarded residencies at Caldera, Sitka Center, North Street Collective, The Sable Project, Elsewhere Studios, and Leland Iron Works.
She is an MFA candidate in Poetry at Warren Wilson College and her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Tripwire: A Journal of Poetics, Bomb Cyclone, Discursive Impulse, GAZE, Archivaria, and Submit.
She grew up in the New York City area, a daughter of immigrants, and now lives in Portland, Oregon.
Daniela Naomi Molnar’s work stems from deep ecology, political ecology, the science of ecology, poetry, songs, traditional cultural/spiritual knowledge, and various contemporary theorists. Mostly, she tries everyday to make art that honestly reflects the complex experience of being a human in a body in the ecotone-of-here-and-now. The intractable, intersectional questions of the Misanthropocene are often on her mind: How do we find our place on a damaged planet? How can art help us understand who we are and where we are and how to best live? How can art have ecological, spiritual, political, and social agency?
Her paintings’ intense engagement with natural pigment color invites sensory awareness and awareness of place. Her site-specific and collaborative work invites communities to think about public spaces. Her poetry and her study of others’ poetry seeks to “participate in the intelligence in which we’re in.” (Erin Robinsong)
Daniela believes that an artistic practice is an opportunity to envision and shape the world. As such, her work is non-competitive, non-expert, always changing, always exploratory.
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Scientific American magazine, sciam.com, Scientific American MIND magazine, McGraw-Hill Companies, W.H. Freeman and Company, Electronic Publishing Services, Inc., American Society for the Technion, Floreant Press, Park Sports Physical Therapy, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Educational Development Center, Inc., University of California at Santa Cruz, The Berry Botanic Garden, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Outstanding in the Field, Rose Live Music, Wine Label Design, Inc., Kitchenbar NYC, Jim Denevan, Art & Spirit Yoga Vacations, Mali Mrozinski, Kazia Jankowski, Edison Woods, Deer Stop Yoga Studio, The Bear Deluxe Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Orlo, Slow Food USA, Democratic Party of Oregon, Vinartculture, Signal Fire, Brooklyn Kitchen, Ruth Tobias, Natasha Gardner, Big World/Small Kitchen, Bark, The University of Nevada.