Janette PARRIS (b.1962, London, UK) comments on the contemporary human condition and the relatively unspectacular aspects of inner-city living. Using a wide range of media from text and video, to animation and theatre, Parris’s stories combine fictional accounts with personal experiences that are as droll as they are dark in their view of the everyday. She creates strongly narrative work, often in the form of comic strips, to capture the humorous essence of life, whilst reflecting a dry and self-effacing look at the world. In 2003, she was commissioned to produce a series of works for ‘Art on the Underground’, and in 2010 Parris’ animated video Talent was shown at Tate Britain’s ‘Rude Britannia’ exhibition.
‘Brief Encounters’ (2015) is an animated soap opera inspired by Parris’ time as artist in residence for Deptford X, where she spent time talking with local residents and stallholders at Deptford Market to develop a comic, given away on market days during the festival. The animation celebrates her brief encounters with the local community.
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