Jayne Parker, A Floral Tribute for Essex Road, 2019,
‘In my work I try to see and understand what the body can do…inanimate objects can also be the body.’ Jayne Parker’s highly sensual films explore the body, personal space, sexual identity, the artist as performer and the relationship between music and film. Parker is particularly drawn to the physicality and precision of 16mm film.
For ESSEX ROAD 5, Parker’s film takes its inspiration from the flower shop at number 97, Flowers of Islington. She says: ‘It set me thinking about flowers and their presence, and how they accompany us throughout our lives. Flowers travelling along Essex Road in deliveries and sales, their presence punctuating the year, marking significant occasions, their life cycle mirroring our own.’ The flower recorded in the film is an amaryllis, a tall flowering bulb originating from the Western Cape in South Africa, and seen for sale in the winter months. Parker has created a sensual tribute to the bloom that highlights its anthropomorphic qualities, in which the enclosed inner pistil and stamens appear to float in a sea of red.