Photo by Canary Gray
NO. 2 | SIRI KNUTSON
The young artist has become a darling of Twin Cities designers for her gold leaf paintings, which feature elemental shimmery shapes on ivory paper that marry modern and old within the frame. Knutson makes the pieces out of her home in the Merriam Park neighborhood of St. Paul, which she shares with her husband, illustrator and printmaker Nate Christopherson, and their two children. First and foremost a student of fine art—Knutson received her BFA at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and studied under Boston realist painter Tom Ouellette and at The Atelier in Minneapolis—she mixes her time between "serious painting" and interior design.
"All of my interior projects hail from an artistic foundation," says Knutson, who mentored with Jacqueline Fortier. "I am energized by being able to flip between artwork as a private exercise and interior design as a very interactive collaborative work." Knutson's quiet, considered approach is evident in her house, a 1916 foursquare with a newly renovated farmhouse kitchen, original wood floors, fresh white paint, and an abundance of plants (the artist developed a green thumb while working at Two Pony Gardens and with the landscape firm Three Seeds Gardens). Scattered pieces of art by the couple are casually rigged up to picture rails with string, though the gold leaf pieces, which are sold at Mille and through her website, seem to be running scarce. They've been flying out of the studio, the artist says, to the point where, "I virtually have nothing left right now."