Taken from the French word parle, “to speak,” the parlour is a forum. The ancient Turks built rooms on rooftops enclosed in glass that were referred to as parlours and opened out to the public to receive an audience.
The Victorians used their parlours for intimate reception, and artists have since used them for social change. The stage, the forum, in any variation is a discreet theater constructed for conversation and exchange.
Tattoo parlour, dressing parlour, parlour games, parlour performance…
backdrop and setting provide a place for forming, assimilating, and projecting individual and social identities, aspirations, and ideals. The body, interior space, and the stage set are layered as a framework for playacting.
Looking at how Victorian and European influences filtered into the Harlem Renaissance and how that era paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement, I am focusing on rearranging and recreating relationships through character development and set construction. Layering image upon image the entanglement suggests the intricacies in deciphering truth. Combining the designs as flattened marks on skin, cloth, and papered surfaces, new identifiers challenge old patterns of narrative.