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.

  • Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) - Hand View details
    Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) - Hand
    Cleo Mussi

    Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) - Hand

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:22cm W:16cm D:3cm
    Sold
  • Snowdrop (Galanthus) - Hand View details
    Snowdrop (Galanthus) - Hand
    Cleo Mussi

    Snowdrop (Galanthus) - Hand

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:24cm W:12cm D:3cm
    Sold
  • Bairnwort (Bellis perennis) - Hand View details
    Bairnwort (Bellis perennis) - Hand
    Cleo Mussi

    Bairnwort (Bellis perennis) - Hand

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:21cm W:16cm D:3cm
    Sold
  • Field Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) - Hand View details
    Field Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) - Hand
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    Field Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) - Hand

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:18cm W:10cm D:3cm
    Sold
  • Dove with Olive Branch (Olea europae) View details
    Dove with Olive Branch (Olea europae)
    Cleo Mussi

    Dove with Olive Branch (Olea europae)

    2018
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:42cm W:22cm D:3cm
    Sold
  • Heart'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)
    Cleo Mussi

    Heart's Ease: Love Idleness, Kiss Me and Look Up, Wild Pansy (Viola tricolor)

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:70cm W:35cm D:3cm
    Sold
  • The 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)
    Cleo Mussi

    The Devil's Candlesticks: Ground Elder, Gout Weed, Bishop's Weed (Aeopodium podagraria)

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:29-36cm W:12-16cm
    £295 each
  • Forget Me Not (Myosotes scorpiodes) - Phrenological Head View details
    Forget Me Not (Myosotes scorpiodes) - Phrenological Head
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    Forget Me Not (Myosotes scorpiodes) - Phrenological Head

    2017
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:38cm W:29cm D:3cm
    £690
  • Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) - Left Arm View details
    Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) - Left Arm
    Cleo Mussi

    Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) - Left Arm

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:80cm W:32cm D:3cm
    £575

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