LICM launches its A Community of Artists series with Brooklyn artist Julie Peppito and her exhibit After Nature. Julie approaches all of her artwork with the environment in mind, taking a closer look at our impact on nature. By wondering what happens to broken toys and other “trash,” Julie explores repurposing found objects, broken toys and other items by incorporating them into her artwork. Creating beautiful sculptural pieces that have a deep message woven into them, Julie challenges viewers to think about their impact on the world and demonstrates that art can allow children and adults to speak about issues that are important to them through visual imagery.
Julie uses imagery, lines, raised patterns and repeating motifs to create transitions from the two-dimensional to three-dimensional in her mixed media textiles, drawings, paintings and sculpture.
A Community of Artists series will include three exhibitions in the KaleidoZone Gallery and artists-led workshops for visitors and schoolchildren.
Artist in Residency
February 17 through February 20
NEA Artist in Residence Julie Peppito led eight workshops transforming trash into treasure. Visitors discovered how and why she makes her amazing creations, repurposing broken and discarded materials into meaningful art. We used unusual material combinations, found objects and broken toys to experience Julie’s artistic process and create art to take home. All young artists attending the workshop were encouraged to bring a broken toy with them to incorporate into their artwork.
Julie has shared some of the books, articles, speeches and organizations that have inspired her work:
Julie frequently describes her art as “illustrations inspired by my reading.” She includes the name of the article that inspired her in the title of her art. Read the work that inspired some of the art on display.
A Community of Artists series is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.