(born in Estonia 1980) lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. She has graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in painting and from the Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 2009 with the Master’s degree in art practice.
The work of Merike Estna is largely invested in the proces ses of painting, as a way of approaching the artwork as an integral part of life rather than about life. In her process-based work, Estna is embedding patterns and colour combinations from the crafts and applied arts,which have not traditionally been accepted in the visual language of painting.
Thus, her work is challenging the masculine territory of painting and questioning the strict visual separation between painting and craft discourses. Initially subjecting canvases to such patterns and application-based treatments, Estna gradually progressed to cover clothes, objects and entire spaces with cottonwool colours, gradually expanding her research into colour and the acts
of painting, the possibilities of experiencing and looking at things.
“WINTER IS COMING (Homage to the Future)“ curated by Maria Arusoo, Georg Kargl Fine Arts (Vienna, Austria 2016); “(In)visible dreams and streams“ curated by Maija Rudovska, CAC (Vilnius, Lithuania 2016); Ghostbiker, solo, Wot No, London Centre for Book Arts (London, UK 2016); “Nomadic Images” curated by Linas Liandzbergis, XVI Vilnius Painting Triennial (Vilnius, Lithuania 2016); “Memorial” solo, Estonian Embassy (London, UK 2016 - 2017); The seed can be initialized randomly, duo with Ana Cardoso, Murias Centeno (Porto, Portugal 2016); (Not) Every Thread Ties Down / Your Split Ends Are Showing curated by Leo Cohen and Lucy Rollins, DKUK (London, UK, 2016); Freundschafsspiel, curated by Didem Yazici, Museum für Neue Kunst Freiburg (Germany, 2016); DOMESTICMINDCRAFT, solo, Karen Huber Gallery (Mexico City, Mexico 2016); part of series of events “El Cuarto de los Ojos Sucios“ performance, Biquini Wax (Mexico City, Mexico 2016); Corporate Jungle, solo, Temnikova & Kasala gallery (Tallinn, Estonia 2015); Genialmythcraft, solo, Palermo Galerie (Stuttgart, Germany 2015); Better become blowing backbeat blanket, installation, XMarks the Bokship, Matts Gallery (London, UK 2015); Blue Lagoon, solo, KUMU Art Museum (Tallinn, Estonia 2014); So Soft/+ Pure, solo, SmallProjects gallery (Tromso, Norway 2014); V/P: Video and Painting in a relationship, group ,Solyanka State Gallery (Moscow, Russia 2014); She was awarded Konrad Mäe prize, Estonia 2014 and has been teaching at the Estonian Art Academy since 2014 and at Tartu Art School since 2016.
Her works in public collections include: Kumu Art Museum, Estonia; Tartu Art Museum, Estonia; Loviisa City Collection, Finland.
January 2017, residency at Rupert, invited by Juste Jonutyte (Vilnius, Lithuania)
February - March 2017 group show “(In)visible dreams and streams“ curated by Maija Rudovska, Ars project space, (Tallinn, Estonia)
March - April 2017 duo exhibition “On Becoming Fluid” in collaboration with Keef Winter (UK), Hardwick gallery (University of Gloucestershire, UK)
April 13th Red Herring, Performance, Center for Contemporary Arts (Tallinn, Estonia)
May - August 2017, duo exhibition in collaboration with Ana Cardoso (US/ Portugal), Temnikova & Kasela gallery (Tallinn, Estonia)
September 3rd 2017, performance Red Herring at CHART Copenhagen, Denmark
May – September 2017, group show, Pera Museum, curated by Alistair Hicks (Istanbul, Turkey)
June 2017 performance, gallery Karen Huber, curated by Paula Lopez Zambrano (Mexico City, Mexico)
September 29th - November 25th 2017, fragments from the shattered toe, solo show with invited guests, curated by Thomas Cuckle, Kunstraum (London, UK)
November 17th 2017 - January 13th 2018, duo show with Maria Metsalu, curated by Maria Arusoo, AIG New York, NYC, US
December 2017 - January 2018 group show Groundhog Day, curated by Andreas Nilsson, SIC, Helsinki, Finland
January - February 2018, residency at Casa Wabi, invited by Octavio Avendaño Trujillo (Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico), culminating with a group show in Mexico City
May 2018 solo show, gallery Karen Huber (Mexico City, Mexico)
July - August 2018 solo show, Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia