Making the Invisible Visible-Post Mortem Catalogue Essay August 2015

Making the Invisible Visible Mara G. Haseltine, August 2015 What constitutes a living thing?  What is dead and what is alive?  Two piles of soil look pretty much the same as seen with the naked eye, yet there is such as thing as “live dirt,” rich with microbes that provide nutrients to the things that […]

Featured Artist: SciArt in America Magazine “Straight Talk” October 2015

Mara G. Haseltine Interview: STRAIGHT TALK  Oct 2015 Issue (Images at end of the text) 1. How did you get involved making environmental art? I have always been inspired by the natural world. I remember summering in Maine as a child in the 1970’s and thinking, “This world is perfect.” I was always curious about […]

Featured Artist in “BioArt, Altered Realities” An anthology by William Myers 2015

     I am so thrilled to be part of this comprehensive anthology of BioArt ‘Altered Realities’  I really believe that William Myers has captured the essence of this ever growing movement at a poignant moment with this book! Published by Thames and Hudson it is following in incredible art history footsteps and opening viewers eyes […]

Feb 16th @ Morbid Anatomy Museum; Death Through the Microscope, La Bohème: A Portrait of Today’s Oceans in Peril

Above Image:  Still from Live Performance:  Rudolpho with Mimi a Tintinnid Plankton ensnared in micro-degraded plastic  Mixed Media Sculpture, Hand Blown Uranium Infused Glass, plastic, metal 2013 Death Through the Microscope, La Bohème: A Portrait of Today’s Oceans in Peril An Illustrated Lecture and Screening with Science Artist Mara G. Haseltine. Where: The Morbid Anatomy […]

Jan 22nd, Supernatural: Art, Animism and Our Relationship to Our Biosphere Art Lecture

Above Image is of “Supernatural” at Tatiana Pages Gallery, Harlem NYC rocks and glass   Artist Lecture  Supernatural: Art, Animism and Our Relationship to Our Biosphere Where: Tatiana Pages Gallery 206 Fredrick Douglas Blvd. C1 Harlem, NY, NY 10030 When: January 22nd Reception 6pm Artist Talk 7pm Description: Inspired by the Shinto concept that everything […]

Art of The Invisible Ocean: Explorer’s Club Feat Monday Night Lecture Dec 15th

Event open to: Public Members FREE Non Members $20 Date: December 15, 2014 Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021   Description: Art of the Invisible Ocean   This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of […]


Over the past three years, I have collected plankton from all over the planet, using both some very rustic and more sophisticated microscopy. Thanks to Emmanuel Reynaud from UCD. Some of these images were taken at an artist-in-residency that I had in Dublin.

Oh my goddess! Microscopic plastic in the plankton!

Each time I look through the microscope at plankton, it is like looking into an alternative universe where gravity has a lot less impact. It is breathtaking! I am awed. However, the thing that is weighing heavily on my heart, no matter where I have collected plankton I have found microscopic strands of plastic and […]

Mascara-ti! A rare Egyptian plankton

I have started my journey in microscopy. Microscopy is taking pictures with microscopes. Last summer I worked with a TARA scientist in Dublin and with friends from the Skirball Institute,  Ben Bartel and Andrea Gomez, as well as with members of the newly formed public biosynthetic laboratory in Brooklyn, Genspace. In January 2011, I had […]

My voyage with TARA OCEANS

TARA OCEANS is a two-and-a-half-year expedition around the world in a sailboat named TARA, which is aluminum and specially made to break through ice, as well as sail in tropical waters. The mission of TARA OCEANS is to diagnose the health of our oceans and their relationship to climate change for future generations. The ship […]