Artist Interviews 2023 | John + Anthony Forno

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We Asked John + Anthony Forno 12 Interesting Questions About Himself.

What was the inspiration behind your piece for SWELL Sculpture Festival 2023?

The role climate change has played in the 2019/2020 Black Summer Bushfires and more recently the 2022 Eastern Australian Floods. Coal combustion contributes to a quarter of the worlds C02 emissions and via huge Collier ships Australia exports to countries that contribute to some of the largest C02 emissions for energy. All this while in 2017 our then Treasure Scott Morrison Stood in The House Of Representatives touting, “Don’t be afraid, don’t be scared, it won’t hurt you. It’s coal.”

If you could choose any, what superpower would you want?

Flying like an eagle.

What is your easy-to-watch movie?

Christopher Nolan’s Batman series.

If you weren’t an artist, what would your profession be?

An art installer.

What does it mean to you to be a featured artist in SWELL Sculpture Festival?

Get the opportunity to share my vision of the world with the general public. Real or perceived it is uniquely mine.

What’s one quote or saying that you live by?

In this Post Truth, Meta Modernist world, “Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.” Or at the very least question everything.
― Edgar Allan Poe

If you are having a ‘cuppa’ is it tea or coffee?



Which Disney character do you relate to the most?


What advice do you have for emerging artists?

Don’t judge your work by others work (stay away from Instagram), trust your intuition and watch a Jay Shetty podcast with famous music producer Rick Rubin and have a copy of his book The Creative Act.

Where were you born, where are you living now, and how does where you live affect your art?

Born in Brisbane, live on the Gold Coast and where I live doesn’t necessarily affect my art per se as I can create anywhere and that’s the beauty of art but the Gold Coast affords me the opportunity to do things like surf which in its own right is a creative process and offer relief from the sometimes strenuous act of creating. I’m extremely blessed to live on the Gold Coast.

If you could have lunch with any artist from any era, who would it be?

Mike Kelley

What genre of music do you like to listen to when making art?

Punk, Grunge, Hardcore, 90s Alternative 70s and 80s rock.