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) - Heart2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:15cm W:15cm D:3cmSoldElegantine: Dog Rose, Briar Rose (Rosa canina) - Bouquet View details
Elegantine: Dog Rose, Briar Rose (Rosa canina) - Bouquet2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:34cm W:20cm D:3cm£425Strawberry, Wild Strawberry, Wood Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) - Kidneys View details
Strawberry, Wild Strawberry, Wood Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) - Kidneys2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:33cm W:22cm D:3cm£395Hounds 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 Sock2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:23-46cm W:30-32cm D:3cm£195 (left), £295 (right SOLD)Maiden's Crown View details
Maiden's Crown2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:57cm W:50cm D:3cm£845Thistle (Carduus) View details
Thistle (Carduus)2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:32cm D:12cm£745Daffadowndilly, Jonquil 'Mirrored Portrait Narcissus' (Narcissi) View details
Daffadowndilly, Jonquil 'Mirrored Portrait Narcissus' (Narcissi)2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:48cm W:27cm D:3cmSoldDaffadowndilly, Jonquil 'I Like My Selfie' (Narcissi) - Bouquet View details
Daffadowndilly, Jonquil 'I Like My Selfie' (Narcissi) - Bouquet2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:37cm W:29cm D:3cmSoldChick Weed (Stellaria media) - Plate View details