Tallinn’s Freedom Square filled with balloon “sea of tears” on 75th anniversary of June 14 deportations

Estonia observed a national day of mourning on Tuesday, during which all flags were flown at half staff or displayed topped with a black “mourning ribbon.” 75 years ago, nearly 10,000 Estonians were deported to Siberia during the very early hours of June 14th.

In the Estonian capital’s Freedom Square, the victims of the 1941 June deportations (called juuniküüditamine in Estonian) were commemorated with a memorial ceremony and an “Sea of Tears” installation, reported ERR’s television news.

The installation, which comprised of thousands of blue balloons, was put in place in the middle of the square, and a memorial ceremony held by the War of Independence Victory Column beginning at 12 p.m. was followed by three minutes of tolling of Tallinn’s medieval old town’s church bells.

The names of 12,000 individuals repressed and directly affected by the 1941 June deportations, including those deported and those sent to prison camps, were also displayed on the square’s large screens.


The first time I saw pink, I wanted to scream

 Solo Show at Haus Gallery, Tallinn 03.05- 07.06 2018


The starting point of the series of paintings by artist Meriliis Rinne (Meru), completed at her London studio during last years, is a personal journey involving crazy situations, but also traumas and their therapeutic effects.

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All of Meru’s paintings are also her self-portraits. “For some time I have been painting situations in my studio relating to my life and myself as if it was a journey; at the same time I have been indirectly discovering how much my childhood and the end of the Soviet era really affected my understanding of beauty and ugliness,” she says, jokingly reminiscing about how back in the old days a pink skipping rope someone sent to the children next door from America gave her a shock. “Today when I speak about those times to people in London, it feels like a complete utopia!”

This pink shock was induced by the uniform brownness of the environment back then. Similar memories have shaped her coded relationships with other colours, for instance yellow or black. “For a long time, I was torn by the question about how to be a human, artist, and a woman at the same time,” the socially sensitive author says, explaining the dilemma she faced when she was being reproached for busying herself with art, meaning her children would simply starve. This is how the painting “You paint your children black” was born.


When an accused works through what they are accused of, they are liberated from the pressures linked to self-image, and release the negative energy, converting it into positive energy. “Louise Bourgeois spoke about this topic in quite a similar way – she had felt hatred for her father since childhood, but as living with such hate was rather destructive, she found that the only way was to transform the hate into love,” says Meru, commenting on the sentence scribbled on her studio wall: “Turn hate into love”.

Besides Bourgeois, Meru has received inspiration from another American artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose use of materials as presented at his show gave her confidence to experiment with different textiles. Several paintings displayed in this exhibition have been painted on canvas made of recycled and reworked coffee bean bags.

As a gift from the artist and the gallery, 20% of the proceeds of all the exhibited works sold will go to the University of Tartu Hospital Children's Foundation to support the participation of children with special needs in developing therapies, such as riding and music therapy.

Meriliis Rinne (1985) is an Estonian artist living and working in England, whose works have been presented in Tallinn and London as well as in Tokyo, Copenhagen, Oslo and Berlin. Meriliis first studied law at the University of Tartu, which deepened her interest in paradoxes and social pressure, i.e., topics that she attempts to solve as a self-taught painter.

SELECTED WORKS from the show


Ta meeldis mulle ainult raha pärast / I Only Liked Him Because of Money. 2018

„Pärast ebatervislikku suhet sain aru, kuidas teeme tihti ja teadvustamatult asju millegi „kasu“ pärast. Töö tegelebki küsimusega, kuidas sellest nõiaringist välja pääseda. See on aus enesereflektsioon, kaunis portree eneseteadlikust naisest, kes tunnistab oma nõrkusi.“


/“After an unhealthy relationship I realised how we often and unknowingly do something if it is useful for us. This painting deals with the complexity of getting out of that vicious cycle. It is an honest self-reflection, a beautiful portrait of a self-conscious woman who owns up to her weaknesses.”


Mina ja kahepalgeline/Me and the Two-Face . 2017



Õli, akrüül, lõuend


100.0×100.0 cm


„Jaapanlased usuvad, et meil on kolm nägu. Esimene nägu, mida sa näitad maailmale. Teine nägu, mida sa näitad oma sõpradele ja perele. Ja see kolmas nägu, mida sa ei näita mitte kellelegi. See kolmas ongi sinu tõeline peegeldus sellest, kes sa tegelikult oled“ /
“The Japanese believe that all of us have three faces. The first is the one you show to the world. The second is the one you show to your friends and family, and the third is the one you do not show to anyone. The third face is the true reflection of who you really are.”



Mõõdutunde kadumine/ Disappearance of Female Modesty. 2017

„Olles feministlikult meelestatud suurlinna naine, ajendas mind selle maali maalimiseks post-feminism ja inimlike väärtuste esile kerkimine. Mida tunneks viimane naine maakeral…? Maal väljendab inimtuuma uuringuid, absurdsusest väljapääsu otsinguid. Naine on justkui ämblikuvõrgus, hoiab peos kahte lindu, sest loodus oleks nagu viimane asi, mida usaldada, kuid seegi on kadumas. Peas olev daamilik kübar sümboliseerib igatsust selle järele, et olla nõrk ja haavatav ilma, et keegi näeks selles head võimalust sinu ära kasutamiseks.“


/“As I am a feminist big city woman, the inspiration for this painting came from post-feminism and the appearance of human values. What would the last woman on Earth feel…? The painting expresses the studies of the human core and the search for an escape from absurdity. The woman seems to be in a spider web, holding two birds in the palm of her hand as if nature is the last thing that can be trusted but it is disappearing like everything else. The feminine hat on her head symbolises the yearning to be weak and vulnerable without anyone seeing it as an opportunity to take advantage of you.” 





ALSO CHECK FEMME.EE article about the show. -- in Estonian only 

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 Read the article about the show. ( in Estonian only) 



of the FRIEZE week multi media group exhibition



In association with Geoffrey Leong Foundation
@ Q-PARK, Cavendish Square W1 >> LEVEL -3
Oxford Circus St > Victoria or Central Line

Private View
Friday 6th October 6pm START > OPEN END
Free Entry


Those Little Voices

"I do whatever the little voices tell me to do"

...or it might be not so good idea.

If i listen to all my voices...

That is the battle inside me when making my works.

All that on big canvas felt too dangerous so I decided to paint innocent angel wings over it.

The idea of the darker side and angelic side on same canvas complements each other.  


It  sounds quite sensible and supernatural now

But what are the voices telling... inner voice? mad voice? bad voice? 





150x170 cm
Artwork is sold. 
Available as print.





Tea And Cake With Merillis Rinne

 I had lovely visitors coming along to my home studio i had that time. We were talking about art and my journey...
Thank you Lauren! 


Tea And Cake With Merillis Rinne

Meriliis Rinnie, alais Meru, has been living in London for over 4 years after moving from her mother country, Estonia, and we were privileged enough to be invited to her home and studio to have a chat about her stunning art work oven an intricately hand painted mug of herbal tea!

         Upon entering Meriliis’ home we were greeted by her bold and striking art works which filled the whole room, really making it an uplifting place to be. (Very jealous of her house mates who are able to bask in its beauty every day!)

         Witnessing Meru’s habitat made it very clear she is a woman with a penchant for bright and beautiful things. This, Meru explained, developed from her childhood. Growing up in Estonia at the end of the Soviet Union, Meru spoke about a lack of beautiful and colourful things, and how she began to despise ugliness, referencing the “ugly” toys and a particular memory she recalled of being fifteen and trying her first ever banana. This oppressed background taught Meru from a very young age that she was different.

         In order to be creative, one must break the rules and stand out from the masses – some might say rebellious – and Meru would agree. There is an echo of rebellion laced through Meru’s past, art work and no doubt future endeavours.

         Meru’s larger than life canvases are adorned with layers and layers of paint, and like a metaphor of her paintings, Meru also has many layers which together create a person as interesting and interpretive as her paintings. One of the first layers to Meru would be her background in law, which could come as quite a surprise to some, how on earth could you relate art and law? …

Studying law, Meru explained, first of all made her aware of her true calling, art! It has also influenced her art work – her radiant art is not just as simple and naive as the pretty picture may originally suggest, they all bare a deeper meaning of social phycology and the paradoxes we can draw from society today. This was all inspired by law, especially the paradoxes, as Meru stated “without law there would be no crime, and without crime, there would be no law”.

         When questioned about her inspirations, Meru told us some of her influence comes from people and experiences. Her works on “Robots” have a really interesting message that I think most of us could affiliate with in today’s world, focusing on the “rat race”, social pressures and how we can tend to overlook the beautiful things in life sometimes. Meru’s other influences stem from beauty, her paintings of unicorns, “bubble trees”, angels and butterflies may seem very light hearted and fluffy, but Meru’s love for beauty was also found through poetry and the new romantics, “All art is quite useless” – she referenced this quote by Oscar Wilde to explain her paintings – she told us, “the useless things are the most beautiful” by this, she continued to explain, Wilde meant that the useless beautiful things are for example, love, friendship and indeed art -  things we can get the most simple pleasures from. There is nothing wrong with living in a dream world, but Meru spoke of getting the balance between reality and dreams just right.




Her “femmes” series would at first glance also be seen to depict the beauty of the female form, but these were in fact created to question how males look at the female form, and how even they are unaware of how they view it, another brilliant paradox!. Meru described to us how men often view these pieces, and how they usually assume the figures are personal, Meru seemed to enjoy this as it was almost as if she was tricking the men, and making them second guess themselves when the question was posed to them, “why do you think it’s me? Just because I am a woman painting women?”

         Meriliis Rinnie has an obvious passion for life, and making it more beautiful and interesting for anyone fortunate enough to live around her art. It is a refreshing change to come across an artist who does not forget about creating something the eye can relish in, as well as making the mind tick and question. What else makes her so refreshing and successful? She is an artist without an ego, Meru obviously enjoys her own art but she makes a strong point of catering to her audiences also. A big believer in giving back, Meru said “ My art needs others, so I help others” – she partly does this by helping fund raising efforts for children’s hospitals in Estonia by creating art work for charity auctions etcetera, as she feels her art work has more emotional value over money. 

Art print on Leggings


This is a new thing i been working on recently - printing on fabrics and making my art wearable.


Who thought leggings with art on looking so cool! There is only one word for them - LOVE


Wearable art why not. These leggings are perfect for yoga or just to were them casually. And they are easy to take care of do- don't fade or lose the shape oh and ethically made! 

Pop - Up Gallery Time

its happening! 

In Tallinn for my  pop up project. A gallery with art for unknown time in Talllinn, Tartu mnt

All the guests got winged on the private view. 

Clerkenwell Design week

Clerckenwell design Week has firmly established itself as the UK's leading independent design festival and one of the most acclaimed trade events on the international design calendar.


 Leading player when it comes to Dutch design furniture.
Their amazing showroom in London were hosting a exhibition among the Clerkenwell design Week among 4 different artists. 



DJ Erol Sabadosh

Live music from The Face




Sadie Coles, Sarah Lucas


Sarah Lucas

SITUATION – a space dedicated to her work at Sadie Coles, London 

There is me loving her sculpture with big silver boots and boobs..