Julie Peppito is an artist and activist who uses bold, illustrative drawing and sensual materials to lure us into stories that inspire introspection, kindness, and action. She creates arresting and emotional installations, sculptures, tapestries, and works on paper. These works are combinations of psychedelic collage, miniature quilts, botanical illustration, political critique, and Americana.
Peppito embeds ephemera into the surfaces of her hybrid artworks like insects that are bound into elaborate decorated spiderwebs. Using obsessive stitching, fungus-like raised patterns, finely painted lines, and other repetitive motifs she merges old toys, fabric, jewelry, office supplies, bits of plastic and litter into paper, fabric, cardboard, and wood. These multi-layered masses of post consumer products disperse into fantastical and realistically rendered narratives that flow between two and three dimensions. These works are reminiscent of childhood—innocent yet profound at the same time. The blended forms are metaphors for how we connect to ourselves, each other, and the planet. Her art often references media and literature to highlight well-researched complex information and simplify it into visually compelling truths.
The art of Kathe Kollwitz, Hieronymus Bosch, Joyce Scott, Niki De St. Phalle, Barbra Kruger, Bread and Puppet Theater, The Civil Rights Movement, and her upbringing as a Catholic girl in Oklahoma with a strong feminist mother have all influenced Peppito's art. She has never understood hierarchical boundaries between fine art, craft, illustration, and art for protest, just as she doesn't understand the divisions between people. Her work is an assertion that everyone and everything is connected. All of her art is an act of radical love.