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Bright outlook: Taos artist’s installation reaches our to ‘Light a Candle for Democracy’

Taos-based artist Sarah Bush will create an altar for her installation “Light a Candle for Democracy.” (Courtesy of Sarah Bush)

Like many others, Sarah Bush was freaking out about the election.

The Taos-based artist didn’t know what to do.

“I spoke to so many other people as well,” she says. “I wanted to create something that felt more empowering. I don’t like to feel anxious. I really felt like I was picturing all these gloomy scenarios. I’m an artist and wanted to make change.”

Bush created “Light a Candle for Democracy.”

She created an altar that will be draped with items that represent democracy.

Revolt Gallery in Taos will host the event.

“It’s a shrine to democracy, and people can go into it and light a candle,” she says. “Instead of images of the Virgen de Guadalupe, it will have phrases such as ‘rule of law.’ Each visitor can set an intention. I formed the initial idea that it would be neat to do this on a global scale.”

Sarah Bush created this “Vote” poster. (Courtesy of Sarah Bush)

Bush will have a piece called “Old Glory” on display as well. She will also have her limited-edition “vote” posters.

The proceeds raised from her sales will go to Stacy Abrams’ Fair Fight.

Fair Fight is an organization that promotes fair elections around the country. It also encourages voter participation in elections and educates voters about elections and their voting rights.

Fair Fight brings awareness to the public on election reform, advocates for election reform at all levels, and engages in other voter education programs and communications.

“This is something we need,” Bush says. “It’s important to keep people engaged.”

Sarah Bush inside her Taos studio. (Courtesy of Sarah Bush)

Bush wanted to create something because the world is hungry for something positive.

“It’s empowering to be in this mode,” she says. “I want to know more about all the issues and not get gaslit.”

“Light a Candle for Democracy” will be an in-person and virtual event.

The in-person event will happen at Revolt Gallery from Saturday, Oct. 31, through Monday, Nov. 2.

At 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, Bush will be livestreaming from the physical installation and leading all the participants in a collective candlelighting ceremony at lightacandlefordemocracy.com.

“We will light those candles to the democratic process, civility and respect for all,” she says. “The livestreaming creates an event that is socially distant and also allows people from all over the country to participate.”

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