I use glue and scissors to construct collage from government documents and legal materials. My love of legal codes and archival materials inspires me to work with vintage and historical imagery found in antiquated law and other books to construct abstract -- sometimes humorous -- collage. Incorporating painting and other mixed media techniques, I draw inspiration from my work as lawyer, law librarian, and research teacher. My work showcases the beauty and complexity of primary legal and nonlegal materials. I also highlight the physicality of the materials that I use, exploring the materiality and physical nature of text overtime. I like to imagine how disparate types of materials—images, texts in different languages, musical scores, and handwritten scripts, for instance—can be puzzled together to tell a story or explore an idea.
I also create improv quilts, collage-like in design.
Please reach out to inquire about my work or collaborate.
Julie Graves Krishnaswami is an active artist currently exhibiting and has a BA from Reed College, a JD from CUNY School of Law, and an MLIS from Pratt Institute. She has published articles on legal research pedagogy and regulatory research. Currently, she is the Associate Law Librarian for Research Instruction at Yale Law School where her Advanced Legal Research courses are regularly oversubscribed.
My CV can be found here.
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