2023 ARTIST BIOS | John + Anthony Forno

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About John + Anthony Forno

John Anthony Forno is a Gold Coast multidisciplinary artist whose work draws from childhood memories through the vehicles of play, environment, scale and nostalgia. These memories are bridges between past and present, driving an ongoing inquiry into the relationship between play and its effects on self-esteem. John references a range of disciplines and ideas including psychology, gestalt theory and 80’s and 90’s popular culture. Whilst not defined by any particular medium, he frequently employs ready-made materials and found objects reminiscent of his youth. Through a process of play and self-discovery he recontextualises materials and theoretical research to form visual motifs, ritual acts and symbols synonymous with childhood and adolescence.

2023 SWELL ARTWORK – M.V Downward Spiral/The Fragile Part 2.

‘M.V Downward Spiral/The Fragile Part 2.’ is the second in a series first exhibited at SWELL Sculpture Festival 2020 which explored the anthropological effects climate change had on our fauna during the 2020 bushfires. This current sculpture explores our nation’s financial freedom afforded to us through our exported primary industries and the continued ecological and anthropological effects climate change is having on our nation especially during the Brisbane 2022 flood.

Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 8th – 17th September