Merike Estna – I am the smoker of bones, I do look at every stone, I come and I go, I come and I go
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Merike Estna pushes the limits of painting as both idea and action: with her expressive style, the Estonian artist unites an abstract visual language that seems to be taken from our digital age with motifs from myths and folk tales. In her work, an inviting openness converges with an understated sense of humour, examining the tradition-laden structures that have come to be associated with the medium of painting in particular. The work of Merike Estna is largely invested in the process 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, volcabularies which have not been traditionally accepted in the visual language of painting. Thus, her work is challenging the masculine territory of painting, and questioning the strict visual separation between those traditions.