MA Candidate: Visual Storytelling For Social Change
Kruthika is a feminist artist and lawyer. She grew up in Bengaluru, and pursued a degree in law at NUJS Kolkata, graduating with honours and three gold medals. After half a decade of legal practice in commercial and sports law, she began to question the rigidity and “perfect” solutions sought by the law, and took to a self-driven artistic practice, which offered more room to navigate the imperfections of human existence.
Reimagining the world for what “could be” as an artist, rather than “what is” or “what must” as a lawyer, her artistic practice explores themes of gender, justice, and what it means to be human in the digital age. She has collaborated with over 30 social justice organisations to conceptualise and illustrate their visual campaigns, conducted artist-led workshops, and participated in residencies that have pushed her to unlearn ways of seeing and making. Her most recent fellowship was supported by the US Department of State, during which she was mentored by the Creative Artists Agency and ESPN in using visual narratives to further gender justice in sport.
At Gallatin, she aims to explore what it means to make art in a time when art-making is a privilege. She seeks to understand what it means to make ethical art in a time of propaganda and exploitation. Most of all, she hopes to surprise herself.
You can follow her on Instagram at @theworkplacedoodler.