Thursday, Sept 21, 5pm – Join the Visiting Writers Series and the String Room Gallery for a special visit with poet and artist Daniela Naomi Molnar! Daniela will read from her award-winning book, CHORUS, as well as other recent projects, and discuss the ecopoetic reverberations between her poetry and visual artwork, currently on display in the gallery. There will be a Q&A moderated by Wells studio art and poetry faculty, with light refreshments. Location: String Room Gallery
Saturday, Sept 23, 10-1pm – Wild Pigment Workshop with Daniela! – This workshop will introduce you to the vibrant world of natural pigments in your bioregion. You’ll learn how to ethically forage pigments and transform them into any type of paint or ink. You’ll also learn about pigments as a way to creatively engage with socioecological issues. Pigments allow us to directly interact with forms of time our daily lives usually obscure — geologic time, photosynthetic time, and what is often called “deep time.” In opening up different timescales, pigments offer a balm for the confusion and challenging emotions ecological crises can provoke. Pigment work is a way to interact with the memory of a place and to respond with transformative forms of care that bring intergenerational and ecological healing. This workshop is sponsored by the Center for Sustainability, and is appropriate for all skill levels. No experience of any kind is necessary. Location: Zabriskie 302.
Daniela Naomi Molnar is an artist, poet, and writer collaborating with the mediums of language, image, paint, pigment, and place. She is also a wilderness guide, educator, and eternal student. Her work is the subject of a front-page feature in the Los Angeles Times, an Oregon Art Beat profile, an entry in the Oregon Encyclopedia, and a feature in Poetry Daily. Her book CHORUS was selected by Kazim Ali as the winner of Omnidawn Press’ 1st /2nd Book Award. Her next book, a blend of poetry, essay, and visual art and will be out in 2025 from Bored Wolves Press. Her visual work has been shown nationally, is in public and private collections internationally, and has been recognized by numerous grants, fellowships, and residencies. She founded the Art + Ecology program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and helped found the backcountry artist residency Signal Fire. She is a 3G Jew, daughter of immigrants, and a student of the earth. She can be found in Portland, Oregon, and exploring global public wildlands.
Daniela’s visit was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.