Merike Estna (born in Estonia 1980) lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. She studied painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts (BA 2005) and Art Practice at the Goldsmiths College, University of London (MA 2009).
The work of Merike Estna is largely invested in the processes 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 embeds patterns and colour combinations from crafts and applied arts, adding vocabularies which have not traditionally been accepted in the visual language of painting. Thus, her work is challenging the masculine territory of painting and questions the strict visual separation of painting and crafts. 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.