Randy Knott, Anishnaabe Artist, Recent Work
(March 11 - May 13, 2005) Randall (Randy) Knott was born and raised on the Curve Lake Indian Reserve just north of Peterborough, Ontario. He began to draw as a child of twelve years and to paint seriously in his twenties. He describes his art not as a talent but as a “gift” that he has dedicated to keeping his First Nations culture alive. He is inspired by dream imagery and a vision of harmonious relationships between human beings and nature as well as between the different peoples of the world. In Randy Knott’s work, the interconnectedness of nature can be seen in the blending of earth, sky and water elements. Frequent visual themes include the lake, sun and pine forest of the artist’s Great Lakes homeland, as well as the animals of that environment, especially loons, turtles, eagles, bears, and wolves. These creatures also have relationships with humans as clan animals, spiritual protectors, and symbols of physical and supernatural power.