Kelly Heaton (b. 1972) is an American artist who explores the mysteries of life, death and God. Her art juxtaposes the natural with the man-made to question what is alive and who is the creator. Heaton builds analog electronic circuits that produce naturalistic sound, light and movement. She often integrates an electronic layer into sculptures and paintings that consequently "do something" for the lifespan of the circuitry. The notion that her artworks will die, at least in part, when the technology decays both fascinates and troubles Heaton -not only for the impact on her art- but for the implications of electronic media in our society. The recurring theme of soul in her artwork reveals a profound optimism in the face of technical obsolescence and biological mortality.Heaton’s art is characterized by complex narratives that unite her various bodies of work. Reflection Loop (2001) tells the story of an animatronic toy, Furby, as it undergoes a radical re-engineering from children’s plaything to physical pixel in an interactive artwork. Live Pelt (2003) documents the unnerving transformation of Tickle Me Elmo dolls as they are purchased from strangers on eBay, dismembered, rewired, assembled into a giggling coat and resold through a New York art gallery. The Parallel Series (2004 - 2012) presents a hybridization of painting and electrical engineering in multi-dimensional artworks that evoke natural imagery, sound and animated light.

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