In 2012, a Huffington Post article reported that Finnish artist Mari Kasurinen had created a sculpture series “My Little Pop Icons” – a range of customised My Little Pony sculptures modelled after pop culture icons.
More recently, however, Kasurinen has come to attention for adding a new sculpture to her series – a My Little Pony modelled after Finland’s most famous artist, Tom of Finland. My Little Tom of Finland joins many other pop culture favourites in Kasurinen’s My Little Pony pantheon, including My Little Michael Jackson, My Little Elvis, My Little Ziggy Stardust, and many more.
In 2009, art critic/historian Edward Lucie-Smith wrote an essay for Tom of Finland XXL, a large format, 666-page collection of Tom of Finland’s work. In the very first paragraph of that article, Lucie-Smith wrote:
In addition to Tom art and Tom books, there are Tom postcards, Tom clothing and even a Tom action figure. What this tells us is that Tom is now ineradicably part of popular culture, in many ways just as much of an icon as Marilyn Monroe.
Could Lucie-Smith have ever known, though, that Tom of Finland would stand alongside Marilyn Monroe in My Little Pony form?
Kasurinen’s “My Little Tom of Finland” sculpture is currently showing at Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames – a Helsinki exhibition of comic art by Tom of Finland, along with comic art by other artists associated with the Tom of Finland Foundation.
The sculptures in Kasurinen’s My Little Pop Icons series are also available for purchase – Kasurinen invites would-be collectors to contact her.
“Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames” runs until September 28 at MUU Galleria, Lönnrotinkatu 33, 00180 Helsinki, Finland. Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 12-5pm, Sat-Sun 12-4pm. Map | Facebook event | Gallery phone number +358-(0)9-625 972.