Mara G Haseltine
- Tara Oceans
She merges her artistic practice with scientific experiments and restoration of the environment.
At the crossroads of art, technology and social change.
Mara holds a BFA in Art and Art History from Oberlin College (Ohio), and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (California). She has exhibited and worked in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and at the National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago. Currently director of the non-profit Geotherapy Institute of Art and Field Sciences (New York), she is a member of the Explorer’s Club, and currently collaborates with the NY/ NJ Baykeepers, and many other associations. Her work has been published in the NY Times, Metro, the Guardian, Architectural Record, etc.
Mara G Haseltine
A passion for the natural sciences is evident in the work of Mara G.Haseltine. She is inspired by the microscopic world and even her most abstract sculptures are enlargements of microscopic and even submicroscopic forms. Whenever possible, she merges her art practice with scientific experiments and environmental restoration.
« We are very lucky to have a conscience. We enjoy the beauty of the planet, and at the same time have access to advanced technologies. These technologies allow us to look within ourselves, and to the far reaches of the cosmos. It is this special and unique relationship that I explore in my work.
‘Geotherapy’ is a practice of the future. It addresses the connection between our biological evolution, our culture—with an emphasis on “nature-based solutions”— and a global bio-ethic focused on healing our shared biosphere. Using the principles of geotherapy, my work is at the intersection of art, technology and social change. Many of my sculptures use microscopic and scientific data and evolve into figurative forms. The viewer perceives the workings of life beyond the way the human eye can perceive it. My work illustrates the impact of human beings on this delicate microscopic universe. My most recent projects revolve around aquatic and environmental living structures which function as habitats, coastal protection zones and bio-remediation filters. The ultimate intention of my work is to raise awareness of the beneficial impact of geotherapy on our planet. »