In her previous career as a designer, Rachel was known for her contemporary interiors, straight lines, bold colors and her willingness to tackle any design challenge. She worked in the corporate and industrial design world for more than 20 years, creating interior spaces for retail stores, banks, offices, developed corporate branding designs, and even designing computer cases and packaging for several major computer companies.
She started working in glass in 2004 when she attended a fusing workshop and immediately became intrigued with the medium and decided to pursue this new direction in glass. Working with renowned glass artists, she attended Red Deer College, Pilchuck Glass School with a residency in North Lands Creative in 2016.
Rachel became a finalist in the E-merge glass 2004 and the First Texas Juried Glass competition, receiving the Jurors Award of Merit. She became a finalist in the 2006 Niche Award and a finalist again in the 2007 Texas Juried Glass II competition. She was included in the E-merge Showcase of Rising Talents in Kiln-glass book and has been included in multiple magazine and newspaper profiles and articles.
Kalisky has exhibited since 2004 in cities around the country, including in Austin (TX), Corpus Christi (TX), Delray Beach (FL), Dallas (TX), Galveston (TX), Michigan City (IN), Philadelphia (PA), Pittsburgh (PA), Portland (OR), and Taos (NM). These exhibits include numerous prestigious museums and galleries including Cornell Museum of Art in Florida, Art Museum of South Texas and the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia.
A native of Canada, Rachel now works out of her studio in Austin, Texas. Her latest exhibit is titled Alluring View, and will be at CAMIBAart Gallery from April 21 – May 12. An opening reception will be held on Saturday April 21st from 5:00-8:00pm with Rachel in attendance. And on May 5th, there will be an artist discussion from 2:00-3:30pm. The gallery is located at 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Suite 111, Austin, TX 78702.
I am driven by the passion to design and the process of creating….
Since I first saw artists working in glass, I have been fascinated by the interplay of light and shapes and the transformation of colors. I have been exploring the seemingly infinite possibilities of what I can create in this medium. Many years and works later, I want to push the boundaries even further by adding depth, textures, forms and shadows, as I seek new ways to engage with the viewer.
The vibrant colors that characterize earlier work, the grids, are still here. But now, adding to my intricate patterns, you’ll find a range of visual effects – some pieces carved into the front of the glass, some carved into the back, some smooth, some rough, some recessed or raised, some with multiple layers – creating the varied visual effects and complexity of the emotions I want to express.
The pieces seem to move and undulate – there is something almost sensuous about them. And that is part of the intent. I want to seduce viewers – draw them into the art – tempt them not just to look, but to touch, to feel its energy and emotions. To share in the excitement of what is possible within this endlessly challenging and beautiful medium.