with legends, myths and fantasy…
INSTALLATION ART by Janno McLaughlin
Campbell’s Corner, Kelly Street Scone
Janno Mclaughlin is an artist, local to Scone, who recently graduated with a Masters in Contemporary Art from the Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne University.
Her artwork speaks of a celebration of life with acknowledged threads of love, loss, hope, optimism and resilience. Having spent most of her adult life living away from Australia between New York and Buenos Aires, Janno’s artworks seek to sow hope, bravery, resilience and whimsy, anchored by a deliberately ridiculous and unwavering sense of humour.
Her approach is unapologetically bold with a preference for blazing colour and mixed media. Deploying 2D and 3D, thread, hand sewing and richly associative metaphors she portrays the most vulnerable, fragile and endangered in society.
Community and ‘other’ cultures are important strands of Janno’s practice, reflected in multiple social art projects. Community can be experienced in the everyday, in the closeted ‘cocoon’ spaces of an art school or wide-open spaces of the Australian regional country areas as they suffer through the demands and losses of climate change, drought and isolation… Threads of a practice that when assembled, stitch the whole.
Gathering threads, there are many: spools of hope, love, optimism, loss, resilience, nature and nurture weave Janno’s ‘cocoon’, anchored with stays of vulnerability, voice, fragility, sustainability, fertility, motherhood, memory, storytelling, travels and ‘dreamings’. At the centre is a cord of humour and jubilation of life ricocheting and reverberating as a bungee in the tented walls of her ‘safe’ spaces.
This year, Janno has been selected to participate in designing an installation for the ‘Best of the Best Art of Dining Gala Ball‘, for the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne, to be held in the Great Hall at the NGV the same month as the Scone Horse Festival.
The installation that Janno has created in Campbell’s Corner, right here in Scone is comprised of components of her installation for the Best of the Best Art of Great Dining Ball, but weaves an equine theme, along a mythical sense of humour and wonderful injection of fantasy. View the window and be transported to an equine fantasy in another world…
WINDOW DISPLAY COMPETITION
Get into the spirit of this year’s festival by creating an eyecatching window display that is visible to the public. Our theme for this year is, Horses – legends, myths and fantasy so use a little imagination, a lot of colour and have some fun!
1ST PRIZE – Gift card to The Cottage restaurant, Scone Value $400
2ND PRIZE – A quarter of a page advertisement in the 2020 Scone Horse Festival program. Value $300
3RD PRIZE – A Scone Chamber of Commerce Membership for 2019/20. Value $135