Julie Peppito's artwork is a combination of psychedelic three-dimensional collage, quilts, botanical illustration and Americana that blurs the traditional boundaries between high and low art. Like insects stuck in a spider web, sentimental and natural objects, litter and other ephemera are embedded into the surfaces of her drawings, tapestries, paintings and sculptures with obsessive stitching, fungus-like raised patterns, finely painted lines and other repetitive motifs that flow between two and three dimensions. Bound together masses disperse into fantastical and realistically rendered narratives 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. Her titles often reference books and articles from notable authors from whom she draws inspiration.
She has made designs for steel, bronze and mosaic playground sculptures, large-scale installations and small works including pencil and charcoal drawings, fabric and paper stitched collages, acrylic, gouache and oil paintings, sewn and beaded jewelry, experimental amorphous tapestries and agitprop.
Julie Peppito received a BFA in 1992 from The Cooper Union in New York City, and an MFA from Alfred University in Alfred, NY in 2004. In 2001, she received a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship for sculpture. Her work has been the subject of six one-woman shows, her seventh will open this April at Living Arts in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has shown her work extensively, primarily in New York City. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, with her partner (artist, illustrator, graphic novelist, and musician) Gideon Kendall and her son Milo. You can see her playground art at J.J. Byrne Playground and Underhill Playground both in Brooklyn.
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