Finnish artist Mari Kasurinen, who recently drew attention for creating a My Little Pony sculpture modelled after a Tom of Finland figure, has told Huffington Post that she will be creating a dedicated series of My Little Pony sculptures re-imagined as LGBT pop icons.
Kasurinen has already attracted international attention for her sculpture series “My Little Pop Icons” – a series of My Little Pony sculptures modelled after pop culture icons.
A lot of my upcoming “My Little Pop Icons”… are huge LGBT icons who have brilliant, unique and multi-dimensional visual personal brands. They will get a series of their own in the near future.
Along with her My Little Tom of Finland sculpture, Kasurinen has already included numerous LGBT icons in her My Little Pop Icons series, including My Little Dolly Parton and My Little Dr. Frank-N-Furter. When Huffington Post asked Kasurinen how she chooses LGBT icons for her My Little Pony sculptures, she replied:
When I choose a subject for a “My Little Pop Icon” of my own, I tend to choose characters or people who I find to be icons and phenomenons of their time who, in my opinion, made a great impact within popular culture. People who changed things forever — sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. Very often that person is someone who I admire and respect or find especially interesting, original and inspiring concerning the personal brand. I enjoy portraying people whose personal brand is visually multi-dimensional, challenging and represents something more than meets the eye. All of the LGBT icons that I have made I chose keeping all this in mind.
The Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames exhibition also features comic art by other artists associated with the Tom of Finland Foundation – along with Kasurinen’s own My Little Tom of Finland sculpture.
“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.
To purchase sculptures in the My Little Pop Icons series, contact Mari Kasurinen directly.