Janice Kerbel was born in Toronto in 1969, and studied at Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver and Goldsmith's College, London. She lives and works in London.
Kerbel works with a range of materials, including drawing, text, audio and print, to explore the indefinite space between reality and fiction, and between abstraction and representation. Her work frequently involves extensive research, and takes the forms of plans, proposals, scripts or announcements for imaginative scenarios that cannot or will not actually happen. In conveying these imagined events, Kerbel draws upon the potentiality of language and text.
Solo exhibitions of her work have been staged at Tate Britain and Chisenhale Gallery in London, as well as internationally in Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, and Reykjavik. Her work has also been a part of group exhibitions at the Burcharest Biennial in Romania and ‘Biennale de Montreal’ in Montreal, Quebec.
She has received the Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists as well as grants from Arts Partners in Creative Development and Canada Council for the Arts. In 2015 she was nominated for the Turner Prize.