Daniela Molnar works in a range of forms including painting, art direction, design, a collaborative poetry/visual art project, writing, activism, and teaching. Her paintings focus on plant forms and color, posing formal questions about the distinction between figure and ground and conceptual questions about the distinction between animate and inanimate.

She is inspired by the philosophy of vital materialism (Jane Bennett), which imagines all things as “actants”: sources of action. Vital materialism asks if a human being is a singular noun or a collection of verbs. It asks the same of a plant, or a battery, or a teacup, or a painting.

She is a Trip Leader and founding member of the Board of Signal Fire, an organization that provides 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 Co-Editor of Leaf Litter, Signal Fire’s art and literary journal.

She is the Founding Director of the Art + Ecology program and a full-time Assistant 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, pedagogy, and illustration since 2007.


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some clients I’ve worked with    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.