Kelly Heaton

Emerging Fields, 2002

Kelly Heaton (b. 1972) is an American artist, engineer, and environmentalist who works with the in the flow of electricity that gives forth life, both natural and artificial. She is especially concerned with the symbiosis of modern humans and manmade electricity. Her recent work has focused on cultural identity, accountability, and environmental transformation in the Anthropocene era. She encourages her audience to see the philosophical dimensions of electricity: its role as the spark of life, the synapses of consciousness, and the instrument with which humans have altered our geologic time. As an environmentalist, Heaton works to raise awareness and accountability for our actions and their global consequences. The impermanence of manmade electricity and electronic artifacts is a theme in her art, questioning our cultural legacy in an age of ephemeral media.

Kelly Heaton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is known for her unique combination of traditional media and electronics to add conceptual, temporal, and interactive dimensions to her art. She is also a self-taught perfumer and an inventor who holds multiple patents.

Awards and Accomplishments


Summer residency program at Otis College of Art and Design


Solo exhibition of "Pollination" at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York


Solo exhibition of "The Parallel Series" at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York


Solo exhibition of "Live Pelt" at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York


Solo exhibition of "Reflection Loop" at bitforms gallery in New York