Bio + Artist Statement

How to see the world in which we live?

How to say it?

Can art have spiritual and political agency concurrently?

Can it have either, ever, at all?

How do we perceive / what do we perceive /what do we fail to perceive?

How to remain porous in a world obsessed with enclosure?

Document, artifact, dirge, trace: what is it I am making?

Daniela Naomi Molnar’s work focuses on rich ecotones: the visual and the verbal, the natural and the cultural, the abstract and the deeply observed. She works across forms, melding painting, poetry, video, design, site-specific intervention, activism, and teaching. Part of her practice is to be resolutely non-competitive, non-expert, and committed to always changing.

Daniela is the founding Department Head 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 is a founding member of the Board of Directors, a backcountry guide, and an all-around integral part of  Signal Fire, providing opportunities for artists to learn about environmental justice by engaging with public wild lands. She is founding Co-Editor of Leaf Litter, Signal Fire’s art and literary journal. Her work has been shown nationally 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 numerous residencies, including Caldera, Sitka Center, The Spring Creek Project, North Street Collective, The Sable Project, Elsewhere Studios, Sou’wester, 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, petrichor, Discursive Impulse, GAZE, Archivaria, and Submit.

She is a member of the third generation of the Holocaust and a daughter of immigrants. She grew up in and around New York City and lives in Portland, Oregon.



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Some clients I’ve worked with

Scientific American magazine,, 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.