Live Pelt

Kelly Heaton

Sep 06 – Oct 11, 2003

Kelly Heaton

The Sears Portrait Series, 2002-2003

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Live Pelt, by Kelly Heaton, is a multimedia installation based on the transformation of 64 previously owned Tickle Me Elmo dolls, the popular consumer toy, into a woman’s coat. Fashioned from the toys’ pelts and electronics, the coat (entitled The Surrogate) provides full body vibration and is designed to be a substitute lover. Using Elmo as a vector to channel information about contemporary American culture, the installation encompasses moods both poignant and Frankenstein weird. The narrative investigates frontier economics, the human-machine relationship, and the technologist’s power to play with life. In all seriousness, Heaton’s sense of humor prevails.

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N-Trophy, 2000-03

Kelly Heaton

N-Trophy, 2000-03

Kelly Heaton

De-Star Spangled Banner from Live Pelt - Bsy Rss, 2000-03

Kelly Heaton

The Sociopath, 2001-03

Kelly Heaton

The Class of Two Thousand and Three from Live Pelt - The Trapper, 2000-03

Kelly Heaton

The Surrogate, 2000-03

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