Julie Peppito has been an exhibiting artist in New York City for twenty-six years. She has had seven solo exhibitions and her work has been part of over thirty group exhibits at numerous venues in New York including: Art in General, PS122, HEREart, Momenta, NURTUREart, Ethan Cohen Gallery, Heskin Contemporary and Robert Mann Gallery. She has received several grants and awards including a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. She has also made art for three New York Park’s Department playgrounds.
Peppito earned an MFA with a concentration in sculpture from Alfred University in Alfred, NY in 2004. She received a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, NY in 1992. You can see her playground art at J.J. Byrne Playground and Underhill Playground both in Brooklyn. She was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, with her partner (artist, illustrator, graphic novelist) Gideon Kendall and their son.
Like insects stuck in a spider web, I embed litter, old toys, and other found objects into the surfaces of textiles, drawings, and paintings. I use stitching, fungus-like raised patterns, and other repetitive motifs to create transitions between two and three dimensions. Wrapped and bundled masses disperse into narratives that are reminiscent of childhood—innocent, deep and reflective at the same time. The hybrid forms are metaphors for the way we connect to ourselves, to each other, and to the planet.
Recently, inspired by my involvement in movements for social, environmental and racial justice, I have been adding more tangible content to my textural works by making giant comic-book-like charcoals in the style of Kathe Kollwitz and Hieronymous Bosch on cardboard, paper, fabric and wood. I’ve made wooden word balloons that comment on greedy billionaires and corrupt politicians who are intent on enriching themselves at the peril of everyone else. To highlight the sources of the information that inspires me I reference well-researched articles and books in the titles of my art.
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