CURRENT EXHIBIT:  Nature, Fashion & War, April 6-26th, 2018, Living Arts, Tulsa, Oklahoma. (click on images for more info)

Wake Up! 2018. 145" x 84" x 10", canvas, trim, thread, acrylic paint, found objects, dimensional fabric paint, fabric.

  CURRENT EXHIBIT:     Nature, Fashion & War      Closing April 26th  at Living Arts, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  In  Nature, Fashion & War , Julie Peppito has created fantastical large-scale charcoals and tapestries that draw connections between the human desire to want more of everything versus the destructive impact our consumerism has on the environment and the survival of our species. The colorful, multi-layered, fashion-inspired tapestries in  Nature, Fashion & War  contain objects that were on their way to becoming trash. At one time these items were desirable status symbols or served a functional purpose. By smashing, wrapping, and sewing old shoes, clothes, toys, jewelry, cans, and other debris into pliable surfaces, then combining them with carefully painted and drawn images of politicians, nature, people, and monsters, Peppito creates topographical narratives that comment on the systems destroying life on earth.   These arresting and quietly sensational works are Peppito's answer to author Naomi Klein’s assertion that  No Is Not Enough . She has created an exhibition that speaks to the catastrophic effects unregulated industries are having on us, the role human nature plays in that, our coping mechanisms, and strategies towards a healthy inhabitable world. Her titles often reference books and articles from notable journalists like Naomi Klein, Jane Mayer, Sharon Lerner, Brene Brown and Arundati Roy. Since the recent re-invention of "fake news" Peppito set out to create mammoth illustrations interspersed with giant word balloons inspired by these authors' well-researched works. Peppito's complex visual expression illuminates the intricate web of violence, greed, love and beauty that comprise human nature. She intends to help tip the future towards our positive instincts and away from those hurling us towards extinction.   Pictured above:    Toxic Frock : This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein,  2016. 156" x 84" x 30", canvas, trim, oil paint, gouache, thread, acrylic paint, found objects, dimensional fabric paint, fabric, grommets.   

CURRENT EXHIBIT:  Nature, Fashion & War

Closing April 26th at Living Arts, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In Nature, Fashion & War, Julie Peppito has created fantastical large-scale charcoals and tapestries that draw connections between the human desire to want more of everything versus the destructive impact our consumerism has on the environment and the survival of our species. The colorful, multi-layered, fashion-inspired tapestries in Nature, Fashion & War contain objects that were on their way to becoming trash. At one time these items were desirable status symbols or served a functional purpose. By smashing, wrapping, and sewing old shoes, clothes, toys, jewelry, cans, and other debris into pliable surfaces, then combining them with carefully painted and drawn images of politicians, nature, people, and monsters, Peppito creates topographical narratives that comment on the systems destroying life on earth. 

These arresting and quietly sensational works are Peppito's answer to author Naomi Klein’s assertion that No Is Not Enough. She has created an exhibition that speaks to the catastrophic effects unregulated industries are having on us, the role human nature plays in that, our coping mechanisms, and strategies towards a healthy inhabitable world. Her titles often reference books and articles from notable journalists like Naomi Klein, Jane Mayer, Sharon Lerner, Brene Brown and Arundati Roy. Since the recent re-invention of "fake news" Peppito set out to create mammoth illustrations interspersed with giant word balloons inspired by these authors' well-researched works. Peppito's complex visual expression illuminates the intricate web of violence, greed, love and beauty that comprise human nature. She intends to help tip the future towards our positive instincts and away from those hurling us towards extinction. 

Pictured above:   Toxic Frock : This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, 2016. 156" x 84" x 30", canvas, trim, oil paint, gouache, thread, acrylic paint, found objects, dimensional fabric paint, fabric, grommets.