Daniela Castro

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Daniela Molnar is an artist, poet, teacher, backcountry guide and climate activist. She founded the Art + Ecology program at Pacific Northwest College of Art as well as being on Signal Fire’s founding board of directors.

Her work explores climate grief through painting, tracings and writing; using pigments sourced from both urban and wild spaces.

Early Life and Education

Daniela Naomi Molnar is an artist, poet, wilderness guide, teacher, and eternal student whose work incorporates painting, poetry writing, site specific interventions and editing to address issues of climate grief and justice through art.

Her paintings examine the source of pigments using geology, biology, and botany as reference points. She also explores animacy to argue for the sacredness of all living things.

Mary Beth Copeland is the founding member and executive director of Signal Fire, an organization providing opportunities for artists to engage with public wild lands. Additionally, she serves as trip leader, co-editor of Leaf Litter magazine and founding director of Art + Ecology at Pacific Northwest College of Art; CHORUS won Omnidawn’s 1st/2nd Book Prize judged by Kazim Ali; she currently resides in Portland Oregon.

Professional Career

Molnar is an artist whose art bridges language, image and place. In addition to being a wilderness guide and educator she also holds an ecopoetic practice that explores climate change as an experience of grief; and recently her forthcoming book chorus won the 2021 Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Prize chosen by Kazim Ali.

Molar uses pigment, paper, water, varied types of language and community engagement in her visual works to shape and generate new ideas and ethics related to interdependence. She has received various awards, grants and residencies.

An American-born, third generation Jew, daughter of immigrants and three time immigrant, she works from her studio in Portland, Oregon but frequently on public lands and wild spaces globally. Additionally, she provides teachings of art, poetry and pigment-work independently as well as through Literary Arts Sitka Center PLAYA and other organizations.

Achievement and Honors

Molnar, granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, has long had an interest in both art and science, earning a master’s degree in scientific illustration while working with scientists on their presentations. She pioneered the concept that art can speak about climate change with Signal Fire launched alongside Portland artists as part of Signal Fire Collective as well as helping establish Art + Ecology Program at Pacific Northwest College of Art – her book chorus (2021) even won an Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Prize judged by Kazim Ali!

Mark Rothko’s painting of a cyclone inspired Molnar to pursue abstraction as her signature style, working across forms combining pigment, paper, water, language and community engagement. Additionally, she serves as wilderness guide, educator and eternal student while co-editing Leaf Litter from Signal Fire Publishing House.

Personal Life

Daniela Naomi Molnar is an artist and poet specializing in language, image, pigment, paint, water and various types of paper. Additionally, she serves as wilderness guide, educator and lifelong student while her focus of work specializes in climate grief activism.

Molnar was the pioneer who popularized the notion that art can speak out about climate change through her Oregon backcountry nonprofit Signal Fire and Art + Ecology program at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Additionally, she served as Art Director for Scientific American magazine as well as Co-Editor of Leaf Litter magazine before founding Leaf Litter as co-editor in 2012.

During her current residency, she is exploring cyanotype in her artwork, using Prussian Blue as a primary pigment – used in Zyklon B used in Holocaust death camps – as the key element.

Net Worth

Daniela Naomi Molnar is an artist/wilderness guide/educator/activist/everlasting student whose practice revolves around art’s ability to address climate change. A former art director for Scientific American and Bitch magazines, she helped establish Signal Fire–an Oregon nonprofit connecting artists and climate activists–and one of the first art & ecology programs at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland.

Rosen has also explored the psychology of climate grief and explored art’s place within shared grief. Rosen believes her experience reporting this story — which began as an interview with Molnar’s work before eventually turning into an investigation of climate-change grief itself — provided her with valuable lessons on finding an approachable way to present an expansive subject matter.

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