Gridlock No. 1, 2017
Relief print

Gridlock No. 2, 2017
Relief print

Rush Hour, 2017
Relief and screen print

Daniela Barbani was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She obtained her MA in printmaking from California State University, Northridge, where she was president of the CSUN Printmaking Society, and is now currently pursuing her MFA in printmaking from California State University, Long Beach. She has a BA in painting and drawing from Azusa Pacific University. Daniela’s prints are made in an illustrative style, dealing with the topics of the wildland-urban interface and society’s effects on wildlife. Her work combines screen printing and relief printmaking.

This body of work examines the relationship between wildlife living in urban environments, and the effects of the diminishing zones of transition between unoccupied land and human development. Black bears, coyotes, deer, and mountain lions are just a few of the animals that “infiltrate” urban Los Angeles. Until recently, people only saw these animals by visiting their habitats in nature. Now it is commonplace for wildlife to roam human-occupied spaces of backyards, streets, and free-ways, because their natural habitats are being altered or destroyed. The artwork acknowledges this problem to create awareness of the plight of urban animals.

Utilizing printmaking methods of relief and screen printing, my work depicts shared urban environments and emphasizes the wildlife inhabiting them. Each work portrays an imagined habitat for wildlife that may likely come to pass.