Daniela Naomi Molnar works in a range of forms including painting, art direction, design, site-specific intervention, a collaborative poetry/visual art project, writing, activism, and teaching. She grew up in the New York City area, a daughter of immigrants, and now lives in Portland, Oregon.
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 about painting, drawing, environmental issues, visual culture, critical theory, and pedagogy 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 increasing the cultural value of the natural world by providing opportunities for artists to engage with public wild lands. She is Art Editor for The Bear Deluxe Magazine, a publication devoted to exploring environmental issues through the arts, and Founding Co-Editor of Leaf Litter, 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, Elsewhere Studios, and Leland Iron Works. She is an MFA candidate in Poetry at Warren Wilson College and her writing has appeared in Tripwire: A Journal of Poetics, Discursive Impulse, Archivaria, and Submit.
Daniela Naomi Molnar’s work is informed by a deep ecological worldview, political ecology, sensory experience, science, traditional cultural/spiritual knowledge, and contemporary theorists. Her work wrestles with the intractable, intersectional questions of the (Mis)Anthropocene: How do we find our place on a damaged planet? How can art help us understand who we are and where we are? How can art have ecological, spiritual, political, and social agency? How can art undo some of the damage?
Her paintings’ intense engagement with color provokes sensory awareness, striving to generate an embodied reckoning with complex ideas. Her site-specific and collaborative work invites communities to think about the value of public space. Her poetry and her analytic study of others’ poetry focuses on ecopoetry, celebrating all the ways that language is a living force in a living world and considering how poetry can fertilize the intersection of nature and culture, language and perception.
Daniela believes that an artistic practice is an opportunity to envision and shape the world that we want to live in. In this spirit, her work is non-competitive, non-expert, and 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.