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Daniela Naomi Molnar is an artist, poet, and pigment worker collaborating with the mediums of image, language, paint, pigment, and place. She is also a wilderness guide, educator, and eternal student. 

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Image: LA Times / Genaro Molina

An entry in the Oregon Encyclopedia states, “Molnar pioneered the notion that art can speak to climate change.” Offering generative new questions about what it means to be human at a time of socioecological crisis, her work aims to shift us from despair to creative possibility, from grief to wonder, from isolation to collective purpose. To do this, she collaborates with human and other-than-human communities to co-create new ecologies: paintings, poems, books, classes, and events.

Her paintings are made from stones, plants, bones, trash, and wild waters. Sourced from specific biomes, these elements create unique palettes of place with whom she collaborates to investigate and celebrate the memory of the earth. Her training in both science and art informs her pigment practice and has also led to diverse professional outcomes, including: being an Art Director at Scientific American Magazine; founding the Art + Ecology program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she an Associate Professor for many years; and helping start the backcountry artist residency Signal Fire in 2008 and serving as a backcountry educator, board member, and guide with the organization from 2008 - 2022.

 

The subject of a front-page feature in the Los Angeles Times, a PBS Oregon Art Beat profile, and a feature in Poetry Dailyher work has been shown nationally, is in public and private collections internationally, and has been recognized by numerous grants, fellowships, and residencies.

Her book CHORUS is a finalist for the 2024 Oregon Book Award and was selected by Kazim Ali as the winner of Omnidawn Press’ 1st/2nd Book Award. Her next books include: PROTOCOLS (Ayin Press, 2025), a poetic erasure of the antisemitic book The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Light / Remains (Bored Wolves Press, 2026), a hybrid of poetry, essay, and art. Her poem “Memory of a Larger Mind,” accompanies photographs by Julian Stettler in The Glacier is a Being (Sturm & Drang, 2023). Her work is anthologized in the forthcoming second volume of The Ecopoetry Anthology and in Breaking the Glass: A Contemporary Jewish Poetry Anthology by The Laurel Review

A 3G Jew and the daughter of immigrants, she is a diasporic student of the earth.

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