Janette Parris

Janette Parris is a contemporary artist who uses everyday people as the basis for much of her work. She works across different media including: drawing, animation, and performance (musical and theatre). She creates strongly narrative work, often in the form of comic strips to capture the humorous essence of life, while reflecting a dry and self-effacing look at the world. Her work has been exhibited across the UK, and in 2003, she was commissioned to produce a series of works for the ‘Art on the Underground’ programme by London Underground. In 2010, Parris’s animated video Talent was shown at Tate Britain’s Rude Britannia exhibition. She is currently developing her first opera.

For Truce Arts, Parris is working with students from BSix Sixth Form College in Hackney to create digital animations inspired by the theme of Truce. The story lines created by the students come to life through the use of Adobe Flash software, to conjure up imaginative and oftentimes humorous renderings of the theme of Truce.

Catwalk

What would happen if cats and dogs declared a truce? This collaborative animation between artist Janette Parris and Jovan Brown at BSix College in Hackney explore just that.

Cockney Pigeon

This collaborative animation between artist Janette Parris and Charlie Zahra at BSix College in Hackney explores the notion of truce by looking at negotiation tactics through the eyes of London’s birds.

Flightlines

This collaborative animation between artist Janette Parris and Serhan Ahmet at BSix College in Hackney explores the concept of truce.

Serhan explains: “The birds are moving in a radical manner suggesting the idea of chaos and towards the end the birds move in together suggesting a harmony and truce between one-another.”

Going Home

Family life can be full of conflict. This animation - a collaboration between artist Janette Parris and Ema Abdi of BSix College in Hackney - explores conflict and resolution within a small family group.

Jelly Wobble

A collaborative animation by artist Janette Parris and Juliana Kadar of BSix College in Hackney.

Juliana explains how the animation relates to the concept of truce: ‘I think when we talk about truce and we want truce between many individuals or even nations or more, first we have to find peace inside ourselves.”

Mouse Trip

A collaborative animation by artist Janette Parris and Daniel Ayala from BSix College in Hackney.

In this animation, a mouse travels from Brazil to the London 2012 Olympics, asking for help with his transportation needs along the way.

Paintball

A collaborative animation by artist Janette Parris and Ismail Ali from BSix College in Hackney.

Paintball explores the themes of truce, sport and art, in a messy but fun explosion of colour.

Popular

A collaborative animation by artist Janette Parris and Patryk Beliczynski from BSix College in Hackney.

The animals in the zoo - especially the frogs - are excited by a new arrival. But when he arrives, he becomes an object of ridicule. However, he finds a friend in an unexpected place.

Talk and Listen

A collaborative animation by artist Janette Parris with Y. B. and Azhar Patel from BSix College in Hackney.

Aliens travel the Solar System in search of knowledge on how to survive. On visiting Earth, they are surprised to discover that human success depends on having ears as well as mouths.

Janette Parris & BSix College

Janette Parris talks about her work with BSix College in Hackney, collaborating with students to create animations around the theme of truce for trucearts.org