Boody Ware02 Apr 2016 - 30 Apr 2016
A solo exhibition of new work from Cleo Mussi. Cleo has created an installation of life size figurative elements re-formed from ceramic discard. She has drawn influences from genetics, economics and sustainable organisations and the resulting exhibition is a story - in the traditional sense of Folk Art - reflecting the world that we live in whilst connecting to bygone days. In this exhibition we come across a mysterious mosaic world.
Cleo studied textiles at Goldsmiths College, London where her interest in recycled fabrics and knowledge of pattern, print, weave and stitch led her into working with reclaimed ceramic.
“Over the last thirty years I have been creating works from old crockery. It is interesting to observe how the descriptions of what I make have changed and evolved with the fashions. In the early 1990s I was salvaging china from ceramic dumps in Stoke, but gradually this became recycling as environmental issues became more prominent. What was seen as junk is now vintage, something more desirable once it is up-cycled, reclaimed, reworked and reformed. Mosaic made from ceramic discard is an old concept. In the early 19th century, the term ‘Boody’ or ‘Boudy’ appears in the Northumberland dialect to donate a piece of broken china. Originally collected and used as playthings for children, by the late 19th century, ‘Boody Ware’ was used to decorate plates, jugs vases and boxes and became quite the fashion. I think of myself as a modern day folk artist, so ‘Boody Ware’ is a perfect description for the technique I use."
Cleo Mussi, 2016