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 Harvest2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:184cm W:67cm D:7cm£4,800Burdock (Artium lappa) - Burry Man with flower staffs View details
Burdock (Artium lappa) - Burry Man with flower staffs2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:205cm W:122cm D:4cm£5,400Green Man Platter with Stripes View details
Green Man Platter with Stripes2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:32cm W:25cm D:3cmSoldSmall Green Man Platter with Roundals View details
Small Green Man Platter with Roundals2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:22cm W:16cm D:2cmSold'All The Idle Weeds that Grow' John Claire - Label View details
'All The Idle Weeds that Grow' John Claire - Label2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:12cm W:6cm D:1cmSoldPoisonous Ivy (Hedera heli) - Wreath View details
Poisonous Ivy (Hedera heli) - Wreath2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:44cm W:36cm D:3cmSoldAcorn, Steep Bark, Oak (Quercus robur) - Hand View details
Acorn, Steep Bark, Oak (Quercus robur) - Hand2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:25cm W:19cm D:3cmSoldBomb 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)2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:22cm W:11cm D:3cmSoldSow Seeds and Trouble Too (Impatiens) - Hands and Label View details