UPCOMING EXHIBIT: Nature, Fashion & War, April 6 - 26th, 2018, Living Arts, Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Scroll down to see images)

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. 
 

Water Is Life, 2018, 40" x 60", canvas, steel cable, gouache, charcoal, fabric, jewelry, toys, maternity underwear, shirts, thread, cord, wire, beads. 

Leap Out Of Darkness (Thank You Naomi Klein & Jane Mayer), 2018, 192" x 120" x 16", charcoal on handmade cardboard, paper and fabric composite, fabric, fabric paint, acrylic, clay, wire, found objects, screws, beads. 

DETAIL: Leap Out Of Darkness (Thank You Naomi Klein & Jane Mayer)

DETAIL: Leap Out Of Darkness (Thank You Naomi Klein & Jane Mayer)

DETAIL: Leap Out Of Darkness (Thank You Naomi Klein & Jane Mayer)

Hi! I'm Scott Pruitt. Please help rid me of my demons. 2018, 114" x 84" x 1/2", charcoal on handmade gessoed cardboard/paper composite, charcoal and pencil on gessoed plywood. 

DETAIL: Hi! I'm Scott Pruitt. Please help rid me of my demons.

SELECTED PAST EXHIBITS 

Transformers: Re-contextualizing Our Material Culture, Ruth Funk Center For Textile Arts, Melbourne, FL. 2016

Contemporary artists Jodie Mack, Garry Noland, Julie Peppito and Gerry Trilling regard material culture as raw material. They use it to create artwork of a high order, informed by its fraught, untidy, intimate origins - paintings, sculptures, films, and tapestries in which the ordinary stuff of our lives becomes splendid and strange. Curated by China Marks. 

(The tapestries made for this exhibit will be shown again in Nature, Fashion & War - see above images)

 

Julie PeppitoConnected, Heskin Contemporary, NYC, 2013

For Julie Peppito's Connected exhibition she created unconventional portraits of subjects based on objects and images they collected. Like insects stuck in a spider web, sentimental and natural objects, litter and other ephemera are embedded into the surfaces of these drawn and sculpted portraits 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 idea for the project was based on the following passage she wrote about the interconnectedness of all people and things: 

I’m looking at my hand. I imagine I can see right through it. First I see the outer shape; the wrist, the palm, the five fingers; then I see the veins, which mimic the fingers. Then I see the bones, which mimic the veins branching out. Then I look out the window and see a tree; the trunk, the branches, the leaves. Then I think about a tree in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Israel, Chile, Indonesia, El Salvador, and my hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Then I imagine all the tiny circular cells that make up all of those trees. I think about the atoms that make up the cells and how all those atoms are connecting all of those places like bricks in a building, or one of those mushrooms that seem separate above ground, but are actually one huge organism connected underground. 

(See Connected portrait images Images below)

(Above) Damon + Details +  Damon's Objects that he gave me to create his portrait.

(Below) Olivia + Details.

(Below) rdp + Details + rdp's Objects.

(Below) Kathleen Rose Kelly + Details +  Kathleen's Objects.

(Below) John + Details.