Kelly Heaton (b. 1972) is an American artist who examines the impact of electronics on modern civilization. Trained in art and science, Heaton uses her engineering background to explore psychology, the human-machine relationship, and our increasing separation from nature. Her early work contains functional circuits that give a "machine life" dimension to her art by reacting to the viewer with sound, light, and movement. Her recent practice is characterized by layers of imagery that portray human identity in the digital age. She combines high-tech and luddite themes, as well as electronic and static media, to offer her audience a deeper understanding of contemporary culture. Heaton's work also reminds us to stay connected with nature lest our dependence on technology be our demise.
Heaton's art has been featured in exhibitions in the United States and internationally, including the ADAA Art Show, The Science Gallery at Trinity College, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and three solo shows at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NYC. Her work has been reviewed in numerous publications, including The New York Times, New York Magazine, NY Arts, The Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Hyperallergic, Artnet.com and Art das Kunstmagazin. She is the recipient of grants from Creative Capital, LEF Foundation, Council for the Arts at MIT, and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program. In 2001, she won the L'Oreal Promotion Prize in the Art and Science of Color for her research with physical pixels. She has been awarded residencies at Otis College of Art and Design, MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Duke University and Art Interactive. Kelly Heaton received her Bachelor of Art degree from Yale University in 1994, and her Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000. She is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY.
In addition to her studio practice, Kelly Heaton is an inventor, a self-taught perfumer, and founder of The Virginia Perfume Company.