Kelly Heaton is an American artist, engineer, and environmentalist who works with the in the flow of electricity that gives forth life, both natural and artificial.Artist Bio
Bibiota consists of two separate interactive works using children’s toys. Reflective Loop, a computer-activated wall of “Furby” toys that react to viewers’ proximity, is already completed. The second, Live Pelt, is a piece of women’s fashion apparel made entirely from previously owned “Tickle Me Elmo” dolls, which have been “eviscerated” to create the sculpture. Live Pelt also includes a scrapbook of photos from the previous owners of the dolls. When Live Pelt is touched or worn, it vibrates and giggles, providing a grotesquely humorous experience for the viewer. Additional elements of the Bibiota installation include a series of photographs of young girls wearing commercially available Tickle Me Elmo costumes and a video of Heaton herself wearing the Live Pelt sculpture in public.
Kelly Heaton 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.