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.
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) - Hand View details
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) - Hand2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:22cm W:16cm D:3cmSoldSnowdrop (Galanthus) - Hand View details
Snowdrop (Galanthus) - Hand2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:24cm W:12cm D:3cmSoldBairnwort (Bellis perennis) - Hand View details
Bairnwort (Bellis perennis) - Hand2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:21cm W:16cm D:3cmSoldField Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) - Hand View details
Field Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) - Hand2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:18cm W:10cm D:3cmSoldDove with Olive Branch (Olea europae) View details
Dove with Olive Branch (Olea europae)2018reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:42cm W:22cm D:3cmSoldHeart's Ease: Love Idleness, Kiss Me and Look Up, Wild Pansy (Viola tricolor) View details
Heart's Ease: Love Idleness, Kiss Me and Look Up, Wild Pansy (Viola tricolor)2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:70cm W:35cm D:3cmSoldThe Devil's Candlesticks: Ground Elder, Gout Weed, Bishop's Weed (Aeopodium podagraria) View details
The Devil's Candlesticks: Ground Elder, Gout Weed, Bishop's Weed (Aeopodium podagraria)2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:29-36cm W:12-16cm£295 eachForget Me Not (Myosotes scorpiodes) - Phrenological Head View details
Forget Me Not (Myosotes scorpiodes) - Phrenological Head2017reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:38cm W:29cm D:3cm£690Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) - Left Arm View details