Kelly Heaton (b. 1972) a mixed media artist and engineer who believes that electricity is the most important creative medium of our time. She is fascinated by the spark of life in both biological organisms and electronic devices. Much of her work represents nature and contains functional circuits that seem oddly alive, challenging our definition of machines. Her themes often address humanity’s separation from nature, meanwhile demonstrating the power of electrical engineering to give us profound insight into life on Earth.
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.
Kelly Heaton is also the owner and perfumer of The Virginia Perfume Company.