An artist set out to paint climate change. She ended up on a journey through grief


It had been a long day and Daniela Molnar’s mind was wandering when she saw the shape. The shape of what was already lost; the shape of something new that had just come into being.

Little did she know, it was a shape that would expose a profound feeling of grief within her — and then help her process it.

In literal terms, the shape was made up of missing chunks of the Eliot Glacier on Mt. Hood that had melted away because of climate change, exposing land that hadn’t seen sunlight in hundreds of years. It flickered onto a projector screen during a lecture by a hydrologist that Molnar had started to tune out.

“I haven’t seen that shape before,” thought Molnar, an artist and professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. “Maybe I can use that.”

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Artist Daniela Molnar gets centered as a projection of her piece “New Earth 12” washes over her along with other works from her New Earth Series in her studio in Portland, Ore. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)