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Champneys Taylor, of Washington, D.C., was an August artist-in-residence with 77ART, living, working and engaging with the community from his studio in Rutland’s Opera House on Merchants Row.
“As far as I’m concerned, painting for me sort of runs the gamut of anything involving putting paint on some kind of surface. I very much like to set of some series of rules that I can follow while I’m making a series of paintings. While I’ve been here, I’ve done these monochromes, and then I have these other things that I did where I had a different set of rules, and these just allow handles into the act of painting. It’s kind of through that process that different visual themes or ideas can kind of emerge.”
“The thematic material is color and paint. … I don’t have a polemic as far as what my art is about. It’s not a question that I feel is on me to provide. I’m not saying there’s any great mystery to it. I’m not saying there’s not a meaning there. For me it’s the act of engaging and engaging with color, with paint, with the media and with any sort of array of physical objects out existing within the world.”