Eike Eplik (Estonia)

Eike Eplik (1982) is a sculptor and installation artist who often incorporates motifs from nature into her works. Working directly with materials is important for Eplik, who employs sculptural techniques ranging from traditional plaster casting and ceramics to wire sculpture, paper and wood assemblages, and found objects. The processes depicted in her art are often subconscious and cannot always be fully explained; her installations are narrative and poetic.

Eike Eplik graduated from Tartu Art College with a degree in sculpture (BA, 2007). During her studies, she furthered her education by working with various artists in Germany, Sweden, and Finland as part of her internships. She continued her studies at the Estonian Academy of Arts, specialising in sculpture (MA, 2010). Eplik currently works as a lecturer at the Pallas University of Applied Sciences. In 2006, she was awarded the Eduard Wiiralt Scholarship, and in 2012, she received a production grant for young artists from the contemporary art festival ART IST KUKU NU UT. She was nominated for the Sadolin Art Prize in 2015 and was awarded the Ado Vabbe Scholarship in 2018. Eike Eplik was one of the recipients of the national artist’s salary from 2021 to 2023, and in 2021, she was awarded the Annual Prize of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia. For more information, please visit the KKEK artist database and Eike Eplik’s website.

Photo: Eike Eplik
Photo: Gabriela Urm

“Bring Your Own Utopia”: Opening of Olga Povoroznyk’s (UNESCO City of Literature Lviv, Ukraine) and Eike Eplik’s installation “Safe Place”