Mussi's Herbal

Cleo Mussi

29 Nov 2019 - 23 Dec 2019

Cleo Mussi’s life size mosaics are immersed in an evolutionary and historical timeline. They explore the British landscape, which has evolved since Neolithic times with the conscious and unconscious introduction of seeds and plants from Europe and further afield. Waves of immigrants introduced plants and seeds for culinary and medicinal purposes. Plants naturalised and spread through cultivation or as weeds along well-trodden migratory paths are now established as part of our diverse landscape. Often tied up with traditional folklore, fairylore, superstition and agricultural toil, these plants and weeds are now so familiar they are incorporated into our cultural history.

Cleo’s work is created from reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware; the inherent qualities, forms, patterns (often floral) and glazes gleaned from the last two hundred years of British Ceramic Industry. Included are pieces from the late 18th century, which sit alongside patterns from the 1960s and those from the 21st century. A small mosaic can include pieces from up to fifty plates; each shard is selected, hand cut, combined and marshalled into place to create unique work.

  • Demeter The Goddess of Harvest View details
    Demeter The Goddess of Harvest
    Cleo Mussi

    Demeter The Goddess of Harvest

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:184cm W:67cm D:7cm
    £4,800
  • Burdock (Artium lappa) - Burry Man with flower staffs View details
    Burdock (Artium lappa) - Burry Man with flower staffs
    Cleo Mussi

    Burdock (Artium lappa) - Burry Man with flower staffs

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:205cm W:122cm D:4cm
    £5,400
  • Green Man Platter with Stripes View details
    Green Man Platter with Stripes
    Cleo Mussi

    Green Man Platter with Stripes

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:32cm W:25cm D:3cm
    Sold
  • Small Green Man Platter with Roundals View details
    Small Green Man Platter with Roundals
    Cleo Mussi

    Small Green Man Platter with Roundals

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:22cm W:16cm D:2cm
    Sold
  • 'All The Idle Weeds that Grow' John Claire - Label View details
    'All The Idle Weeds that Grow' John Claire - Label
    Cleo Mussi

    'All The Idle Weeds that Grow' John Claire - Label

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:12cm W:6cm D:1cm
    Sold
  • Poisonous Ivy (Hedera heli) - Wreath View details
    Poisonous Ivy (Hedera heli) - Wreath
    Cleo Mussi

    Poisonous Ivy (Hedera heli) - Wreath

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:44cm W:36cm D:3cm
    Sold
  • Acorn, Steep Bark, Oak (Quercus robur) - Hand View details
    Acorn, Steep Bark, Oak (Quercus robur) - Hand
    Cleo Mussi

    Acorn, Steep Bark, Oak (Quercus robur) - Hand

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:25cm W:19cm D:3cm
    Sold
  • Bomb Weed Faces - Willow Herb, Fire Weed, Singer Weed, Sticky Willy (Chamaenerion augustifolum) View details
    Bomb Weed Faces - Willow Herb, Fire Weed, Singer Weed, Sticky Willy  (Chamaenerion augustifolum)
    Cleo Mussi

    Bomb Weed Faces - Willow Herb, Fire Weed, Singer Weed, Sticky Willy (Chamaenerion augustifolum)

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:22cm W:11cm D:3cm
    Sold
  • Sow Seeds and Trouble Too (Impatiens) - Hands and Label View details
    Sow Seeds and Trouble Too (Impatiens) - Hands and Label
    Cleo Mussi

    Sow Seeds and Trouble Too (Impatiens) - Hands and Label

    2018
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:50cm W:26cm D:3cm
    Sold

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