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Blair Butterfield's work spans multiple mediums, from community placemaking to photography. Her work focuses on the intersection of human culture and nature. Often utilizing ethnographic research techniques with sound recordings, video, and photography and transforming this fieldwork into installations, photographs, or book form.
Born in the Okefenokee swamp of North Florida, she attended the San Francisco Art Institute, Central Saint Martins London, and completed her MFA with the University of Hartford's Nomad9 program. While completing her BFA, she lived and worked in London, curating and exhibiting widely in Europe. She returned to the United States in 2008 and was moved to utilize art’s inspirational capacity to inspire others to love the land and waters of her homeland. She started Art of Cultural Evolution, an environmental and Arts non-profit dedicated to fostering a sustainable future for all. This organization created urban gardens in food deserts, developed programming for art and science to merge, built a 2.5-acre organic farm that provided a C.S.A. program, and demonstrated unique ways of living off the grid.
While completing her MFA, she focused on regenerative culture throughout the Americas and began collaborating with Camino Verde, a regeneration project in the Southern Amazon of Peru. As their Communications Director, her visits to the area are full of observations of greenways and how land healing must be done in tandem with people; the two are inextricably linked. Reforestation can not be done alone; the uplifting and healing of people must also tie into this process if it is to be long-lasting. She started sharing her Plant Portraits through project collaborations focused on regenerative, ethical, and transparent supply chains. Showing how sourcing ingredients can change the world for the better.
After her MFA, she relocated with her two children to White River Junction, Vermont, where she founded plantLust Botanicals, a project that creates holistic wellness with ingredients sourced from regenerative agriculture projects. Currently, she collaborates with Camino Verde, exhibits work in group shows nationally, creates Plant Portraits of New England species, writes, and farms.
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