Natali Rodrigues

Associate Professor, Glass

“There is an invisible world out there, and we are living in it. - Bill Viola ”


Grace is an experience of transcendence, an ephemeral moment, unexpected and not at all predictable. The moment occurs in an almost capricious manner. It mutes the cacophony of everyday life, lifts the veil of existence, revealing the invisible world beyond. This lightening moment is profoundly personal, yet it is a universal human experience, which needs neither spiritual training nor religious belief.

Stillness, quiet breath, fullness: these are some of the words I equate with grace. In this moment everything stops, and another world is revealed. When, with one breath, a step, or touch; the liminal becomes a physical experience. It is at this point, this nanosecond of time that we engage with something profoundly human and Other. It is a transformative moment. This is the moment that informs and shapes my practise.

My interest in and investigation of the experience of liminal space find voice through two distinct making practises: drawing and glass. I work with them in a coeval way, working with one method and then the other to map out the landscape of my hypothesis. In working this way, I move between a meditative practise and one that is profoundly physical; placing myself in a state where the liminal can be engaged.

My work is an attempt to create a system of cartography of liminal space, where what is marked is not in reference to the physical but rather those points where the divine is encountered. It is an attempt to create a place where the numen can be experienced. My objects and drawings endeavor to become a tool for gnosis.


MA(VA), Australian National University

BFA, Alberta College of Art + Design

Selected Professional Activity

Cartography, Birdsong, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, 2014

Palimpsest,The Works, Edmonton, Canada, 2012

Proximity/Touch, Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, Canada, 2010 

Continuum, Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, Canada, 2014

Assembly of Light, Endeavour Arts, Calgary, Canada, 2013 

Terra Ingognita (Curator), DaDe Art and Design Lab, Calgary, Canada, 2013

Obsession, Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, Canada, 2012

A Visual Conversation, River House Arts, Perrysburg, Ohio, USA, 2012

Selected Publications

About Faculty

“Continuum”Alberta Craft, Alberta Craft Council, Summer 2014: 6-7

Jordan, Betty Anne; “Clear Favourites”, Canadian House and Home, December 2013: p.82

Strong, Brianna; “Recent Moments at ACAD”, Contemporary Canadian Glass (2011). Web. August, 2011

Marion, Joanne and Tom McFall; “Natural Flow: Contemporary Alberta Glass, Contemporary Canadian Glass (2011). Web. August, 2011

Boha, Chris; “From -40 to +40: Canucks Down Under Contemporary Canadian Glass (2011). Web. March, 2011


Natural Flow, Esplanade Gallery and Alberta Craft Council, 2011

Calgary Glass Now: A Survey of Contemporary Glass Art, Triangle Gallery, 2009                                   

Lucent, Glass Art Association of Canada, 2007

Authored by faculty

“Mildred Howard: Stories as Medicine”, GlassNews, Summer 2015: pp 8-9

“Geography of the Interior: Tessa Clegg and Jane Bruce”, Contemporary Canadian Glass, Spring 2006: p 24

“Gathering Glass: A survey Exhibition Focused on the Development of Alberta’s Hot Glass Scene”, Alberta Craft, Spring 2006: pp8-9

“Black Diamond: the Emergence of the Emergency Relief Fund”, Contemporary Canadian Glass, vol. 4 no. 56, Spring

Glass Down Under,” Glass Gazette, vol. 4 no 55, January 2004:p.15

Selected Awards


Design and production of Smart Night Centrepieces, Alberta College of Art + Design: Calgary, Alberta, 2006

Sports Writer’s Award, Australian Sports Commission: Canberra, Australia, 2002

Environmental Achievement Award, Environmental Planning Committee: Canberra, Australia 2001


Alberta Foundation for the Arts, acquisition , 2014                                                   

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, the National Art Glass Collection, 2013

Bullseye Glass Corporate Collection, Portland, USA, 2003