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Day for Night Artist Series: Damien Echols

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Damien Echols. Photo: Daemaine Hines

In 2011, Damien Echols was exonerated and released from prison after serving more than 18 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. During his time in prison, Echols dedicated much of his energy to creating art, specifically in the forms of sigils, symbols he created that kept him “from completely collapsing in the face of death and torture.” Echols’ installation at Day for Night, “Crimson Lotus,” uses these forms — crafted from programmed LED lights — to explore the world of sigils and expand their contemporary understanding.

Don’t miss our interview with Echols as he discusses the concepts behind his light-based installation.