Artist Projects

Parlour


Kristine Woods

Woods’ studio occupies the parlour floor of a building designated as part of a landmark historic district. Using the room as a workspace, gallery, classroom, dining area, lecture hall and dance studio, Woods considers how the parlour has changed throughout history. In the late 19th century, the parlour was a formal room used on Sundays or special occasions and closed during the week. While containing a family’s best furnishings and works of art, it was also used for funeral preparations, laying out the deceased for private viewing. In the 20th century, architects and decorators, wanting to relieve the parlour of its morbid associations, replaced the name with “living room.” In this scenario, the accumulation resembles life and contains the objects of living. Parlour seeks to animate both uses at once. Proposed Parlour projects include a collaborative weaving project and exhibition, the production of drawings and sculptures, and learning Yvonne Rainier’s Trio A.