James Knott


James Knott is an emerging, Toronto-based artist, having received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Integrated Media from OCAD University. Their performance-based practice employs tactics of self-mythologizing, and auto-iconographic aestheticism, as a means to bridge personal narratives into communal ones. Their work combines theatre, video, and audio with an emphasis on movement/gesture to create immersive and emotionally resonant experiences, exploring themes of paradoxical and queer identity, archetypes of desire, and the commodification of the femme body.

An alumnus¬†of The Roundtable Residency, they‚Äôve¬†exhibited/performed at XPACE Cultural Centre, Trinity Square Video,¬†the Toronto¬†Feminist Art Conference, ¬†the¬†7a*11d International Festival of¬†Performance Art, Montreal’s Festival¬†Ph√©nomena,¬†the Art Gallery of Hamilton,¬†and the Art Gallery of Ontario.¬†They’ve¬†received project and¬†grant funding from¬†The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair, The National Arts Centre, The Ontario Arts Council,¬†and The Canada¬†Council for the Arts.







Books & Ephemera

Artist Orange

Just as a performance artist uses their body as their medium, this is a fragrance composed entirely of the orange tree: fruit, leaves, bark, roots, and flowers. Artist Orange performs itself.

Top Notes

neroli, blood orange

Middle Notes

fresh orange juice, petit grain

Base Notes

orange twig, orange seed