MacArthur’s trans-disciplinary practice functions as a creative catalyst by excavating nature’s processes and connected metaphors through the specific lens’s of life’s relationship to light, environmental intelligence, and appropriate technology. MacArthur’s history in working with light, light based technologies, and immersive experiences in the natural world, has evolved to increasing work in the field, deepening an understanding of photo-biology.
Her projects have evolved from collaborations with scientists, and are manifest in installations using light based media, and site-specific projects. Formerly a key member of the Museum of Holography in NYC, she co-founded and was a 20-year pioneer in a dichromate holography lab from which she produced many individual works. MacArthur has exhibited and lectured internationally with artworks are in many private and public collections. She has received multiple awards, including from the Shearwater Foundation and a Pilchuck (PAiR) award, and participated in symposiums at Arts Catalyst, London and ISEA 2012.