Mara G. Haseltine’s love of the natural sciences and form has been a constant theme throughout her work. Her work is figurative in that even her most abstract forms are in fact megascopic renditions of microscopic or sub microscopic images often gleaned from sequences of amino acids. In the past few years she has taken the leap to combine her art practice with scientific experiments and environmental restoration.
She received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art and Art History from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, and her master’s degree from The San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California, with a double degree in New Genres and Sculpture. She has exhibited and worked throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and at the National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago in the Port of Spain, Trinidad. Currently a professor at The New School in NYC, she is a member of both the Sculptors Guild of NYC as well as the Explorer’s Club. She currently works out of Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been published in the Times, Le Metro, The Guardian, Architectural Record etc..
Artist Statement: From The Nano to the Geo
We are supremely lucky as water-based life forms to be blessed with the consciousness to enjoy the beauty of our planet and have the beginnings of advanced technologies so that we can simultaneously look within ourselves and at the outermost reaches of the cosmos; it is this particular and unique relationship that I explore with my work.
Geotherapy is a practice that embraces the future by addressing the link between cultural and biological evolution. By using the principles of Geotherapy, my work encompasses the cross section between art, technology, and social change. Many of the sculptures utilize microscopic and scientific data. They are then abstracted into large-scale figurative forms. The viewer upon engaging with the art, takes part in how life functions beyond the lens of what the human eye can perceive. In many cases, the work depicts the impact that humans have on this delicate microscopic world. The most current projects combine living aquatic structures with sustainable environmental technology to create a series of sculptures that function as habitat, coastline protection, and bioremediation filters. The work’s final intention is to raise awareness to the beneficial impact of Geotherapy on our planet.