Natali Rodrigues was born in Kenya, to a German mother and Goan father. Her early education was in French, German and English. These various cultural components could have lead to feelings of disenfranchisement and alienation. Fortunately the contrary was the case: what seems like disparate cultural elements are united by a rich familial history of story telling, of retaining and reinforcing identity through language, and journey.
Going against the conventional wisdom surrounding artists and craftspeople, Natali has never felt she is an outsider, or of being Other. Rather being a maker has allowed her to mark and contextualize her place within the multicultural, multi-faith and cosmopolitan community that is Canada.
Natali’s work explores the threads that bind her family together across the globe, through an exploration of language, faith and journey. These three themes manifested themselves in works that link personal story to the larger narratives of liminal space and transformational experience. She teaches at the Alberta College of Art and Design.