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.

  • Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) - Heart View details
    Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) - Heart
    Cleo Mussi

    Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) - Heart

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:15cm W:15cm D:3cm
    Sold
  • Elegantine: Dog Rose, Briar Rose (Rosa canina) - Bouquet View details
    Elegantine: Dog Rose, Briar Rose (Rosa canina) - Bouquet
    Cleo Mussi

    Elegantine: Dog Rose, Briar Rose (Rosa canina) - Bouquet

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:34cm W:20cm D:3cm
    £425
  • Strawberry, Wild Strawberry, Wood Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) - Kidneys View details
    Strawberry, Wild Strawberry, Wood Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) - Kidneys
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    Strawberry, Wild Strawberry, Wood Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) - Kidneys

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:33cm W:22cm D:3cm
    £395
  • Hounds Tongue, Dogs Tongue (Cynoglossum officinale) - Long Sock (left), Gout Weed (Aeopodium podagraria) - Short Sock View details
    Hounds Tongue, Dogs Tongue (Cynoglossum officinale) - Long Sock (left), Gout Weed (Aeopodium podagraria) - Short Sock
    Cleo Mussi

    Hounds Tongue, Dogs Tongue (Cynoglossum officinale) - Long Sock (left), Gout Weed (Aeopodium podagraria) - Short Sock

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:23-46cm W:30-32cm D:3cm
    £195 (left), £295 (right SOLD)
  • Maiden's Crown View details
    Maiden's Crown
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    Maiden's Crown

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:57cm W:50cm D:3cm
    £845
  • Thistle (Carduus) View details
    Thistle (Carduus)
    Cleo Mussi

    Thistle (Carduus)

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:32cm D:12cm
    £745
  • Daffadowndilly, Jonquil 'Mirrored Portrait Narcissus' (Narcissi) View details
    Daffadowndilly, Jonquil 'Mirrored Portrait Narcissus' (Narcissi)
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    Daffadowndilly, Jonquil 'Mirrored Portrait Narcissus' (Narcissi)

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:48cm W:27cm D:3cm
    Sold
  • Daffadowndilly, Jonquil 'I Like My Selfie' (Narcissi) - Bouquet View details
    Daffadowndilly, Jonquil 'I Like My Selfie' (Narcissi) - Bouquet
    Cleo Mussi

    Daffadowndilly, Jonquil 'I Like My Selfie' (Narcissi) - Bouquet

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:37cm W:29cm D:3cm
    Sold
  • Chick Weed (Stellaria media) - Plate View details
    Chick Weed (Stellaria media) - Plate
    Cleo Mussi

    Chick Weed (Stellaria media) - Plate

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    D:24cm
    Sold

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