Follow me on Hackaday by kelly heaton

I have started a project to describe and share my analog electronic circuits designs so that people can better understand my electronic practice. My project, located on, is called “Hacking Nature’s Musicians.” You can find it here:

In a recent project log, I describe how I create chirping crickets using discrete transistors. Check it out:

Trump and Putin by kelly heaton

With the news blowing up about election interference, I can't resist reposting these paintings from last year: "Donald Trump (The Big Hack)" and "Vladimir Putin (The Operational Amplifier)." Politics, technology, gobbledygook, obfuscation, and sneakiness. Oil on canvas, 2017

Reprise 2018 by kelly heaton

Several of my works from Pollination (2015) are on view in New York this summer. Details and press release follow:

Reprise: Summer Show 2018
Ronald Feldman Gallery
Jun 12 – Aug 31, 2018

 Scene from the gallery showing three of my works from Pollination (2015): Weeds, C, and Shamanic Bee

Scene from the gallery showing three of my works from Pollination (2015): Weeds, C, and Shamanic Bee

News by kelly heaton

  • My online shop is live!
  • Bidding for #1/5 of The Raft of Medusa (2017) begins on August 10th. Visit the 2017 online auction to raise money for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and climate change research.
  • Don't miss Art on the Front Lines at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts through August 19th

The Raft of Medusa by kelly heaton

 "The Raft of Medusa" (1 in a series of 5 unique works), 2017. 39.5" x 54.25" Archival inkjet print, silk screen, and acrylic on canvas

"The Raft of Medusa" (1 in a series of 5 unique works), 2017. 39.5" x 54.25" Archival inkjet print, silk screen, and acrylic on canvas

I created five unique versions of this print during my summer residency at Otis College of Art and Design. This work was made possible thanks to support from Creative Capital, Otis College of Art and Design, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, and volunteer models. "The Raft of Medusa" (1 of 5) will be donated to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation 2017 auction to raise money for environmental defense and climate change activism. For more information about the auction, please contact Lisa at Schiff Fine Art ( or (646) 478-8561). For more information about other prints in this series of 5, please contact Marco Nocella at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts ( or 212-226-3232).


Painted in 1818-1819, Théodore Géricault’s “The Raft of the Medusa” is a masterpiece of human error, desperation, and resilience. I recreated this legendary artwork for the purpose of climate change activism. I used a raft made of trash, rising ocean levels, and a carbon-saturated atmosphere to situate 21st century people adrift on a dangerous sea that they largely ignore. One occupant of the raft looks distressed, but the others are preoccupied with their cells phones or focused on other people. My message is reinforced with sea snakes and electrical cords that remind us of Medusa, the mythological woman who was cursed by Athena for her insufferable vanity.

Above: details from The Raft of Medusa (1 of 5), 2017.
Below: Images from my process of creating "The Raft of Medusa" series of 5 unique prints. The first three images show the raft that I built from trash collected in Los Angeles. The people are volunteers who came separately to be photographed on the raft. Using Photoshop, I collaged everyone into a single, coherent composition that I printed onto canvas using an Epson archival inkjet printer. Next, I created films for each design and color layer of silk screen. I burned a series of screens that I used to print "spot colors" of designs onto the canvas that add depth and texture to the rising ocean, the carbon-saturated sky, the electrical cords, and the serpents of Medusa. I screen-printed onto my inkjet print because I wanted to make nature and electricity literally encroach upon the raft and its occupants - who represent all of human civilization. Sadly, humanity is largely self-absorbed and unresponsive to the crisis of climate change. 

Above top row: three volunteers from the community of Otis College of Art and Design who individually posed for The Raft of Medusa (2017)
Above middle row (left to right): my digital master file, selecting negatives for burning screens, applying photo emulsion to a silk screen. Photos of me working on the piece are courtesy of Antonia Jones of Los Angeles.
Above bottom row (left to right): rinsing my screen to reveal an image, registering my canvas prior to printing, pulling ink through the screen to print on the canvas. Photos courtesy of Antonia Jones of Los Angeles.

Art on the Front Lines by kelly heaton

 Left:  Donald Trump (The Big Hack) . Center:  Vladimir Putin (The Operational Amplifier) . Right:  Hillary Clinton (The Big Shock).

Left: Donald Trump (The Big Hack). Center: Vladimir Putin (The Operational Amplifier). Right: Hillary Clinton (The Big Shock).

I have three new paintings going to New York for a group show at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. The politically themed exhibition, "Art on the Front Lines," opens May 24th and runs through August 19th. Please join me for the opening celebration on May 24th from 6-8pm (and bring friends -- all are welcome). Ronald Feldman Fine Arts is located at 31 Mercer Street, New York NY 10013.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Jaishri Abichandani, Elaine Angelopoulos, Eleanor Antin, Ida Applebroog, Madeleine Hope Arthurs, Conrad Atkinson, Eric Ayotte, Terry Berkowitz, Joseph Beuys, Chris Burden, Cassils, Nancy Chunn, Chuck Close,  Elliot Crown (King Trump), Gerri Davis, Alex de Janosi,  Eric Dyer, Yishay Garbasz, Rico Gatson, David Gleeson (t.Rutt), Leon Golub, Margaret Harrison, Kelly Heaton, Jenny Holzer, Homocats, Robert Indiana, Mark Kelner, Komar & Melamid, Vitaly Komar, Roy Lichtenstein, Mark Lombardi,  Alex Melamid, David McDevitt, Mary Mihelic (a.k.a. t.Rutt), J. Morrison, Pepón Osorio, Pope.L, Robert Rauschenberg, Alexis Rockman, Julia Salinger, Alan Scarritt, Edwin Schlossberg, Dread Scott, Todd Siler, Federico Solmi, Nancy Spero, Gail Stoicheff, Andy Warhol, We Make America Collective, Carrie Mae Weems, William Wegman, Hannah Wilke, Martin Wilner.