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Kirsi Mikkola

Bravin Post Lee

Most kids have imaginary friends. Artists and writers often don’t outgrow them, but as Kirsi Mikkola demonstrates, keeping in touch with made-up playmates is certainly not a bad thing. Four imaginary characters populate the little world that Mikkola elaborates in her drawings and sculptures: there’s Glo’, a devilishly innocent little girl in a red frock and white apron; Quickie, less a playground than a Playboy playmate with big breasts, big hair, and a big butt; No. 1, the epitome of the beer-bellied, lascivious dope, something along the lines of Homer Simpson; and Pansy, a giant flower with eyes, a nose, and a distinct personality. The characters all have distorted, cartoonlike appearances, and Mikkola’s every work is like a new episode in the ongoing cell animation of their various hostilities. Music Lovers, 1993, a sculpture made of brightly painted plaster, sketches out a typical set

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