Mara G. Haseltine is an internationally renowned artist known for her sculptural renditions of microscopic life forms. She was an early pioneer in the translation of bioinformatics into three-dimensional forms. She is an ardent environmentalist and co-founder of The Green Salon, an international think tank devoted to environmental solutions.

In 2007, Haseltine created New York City’s first solar-powered oyster reef. She has since devoted her attention to exploring the most efficient and beautiful designs to create oyster and coral reefs. These reefs filter water, create habitats for other organisms, and form reef breaks along coast lines. In 2011, Haseltine was an artist-in-residence at University College of Dublin in Ireland and Tara Oceans. She was awarded Flag 75 from the Explorers Club for her three-year voyage around the world studying the ocean’s relationship to climate change. Her current body of work combines microscopy and reef design of microscopic oceanic life forms. Haseltine frequently collaborates with scientists, technologists and engineers to practice Geotherapy – art which heals the planet. She is an artist-in-residence for Imagine Science Films for the years 2012-2013 and did a recent residency at SVA BioLAb in 2015.

Haseltine received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art and Art History from Oberlin College and her master’s degree from the San Francisco Art Institute 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. She has taught at The New School in NYC, and she is a member of both the Sculptors Guild of NYC and the Explorers Club. She works out of New York, New York, and Orland, Maine. Her work has been published in The Times, Le Monde, The Guardian, the Architectural Record, etc.

What is your interest at the intersection of sciences and film?

I see the connection of science to film as both an art form and a teaching tool. I am interested in capturing the microscopic realm because it is captivating and is a way people can revel in the beauty and interconnected nature of our living biosphere. As an environmentalist the science behind the microscopic world informs the health of the biosphere; as a whole I feel is important to teach. My way of teaching it is to make people fall in love with it.


Los Angeles, CA, USA

Selected Works