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.
Couch Grass, Dog Grass (Elymus repens) - Hand View details
Couch Grass, Dog Grass (Elymus repens) - Hand2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:22cm W:12cm D:3cmSoldSweet Violet (Viola odorata) - Hand View details
Sweet Violet (Viola odorata) - Hand2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:23cm W:16cm D:3cmSoldOxslip (Primula eletior) - Hand View details
Oxslip (Primula eletior) - Hand2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:21cm W:17cm D:3cmSold"Honest Down Right Good Sort of Weeds" Charles Darwin - Label View details
"Honest Down Right Good Sort of Weeds" Charles Darwin - Label2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:12cm W:6cm D:1cmSoldHemlock (Conium maculatum) - Skull View details
Hemlock (Conium maculatum) - Skull2018reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:34cm W:32cm D:3cm£665Nettle (Urtica dioica) - Left Arm View details
Nettle (Urtica dioica) - Left Arm2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:71cm W:29cm D:3cm£575Witch Bottle and Label View details
Witch Bottle and Label2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:44cm W:22cm D:3cm£545Staunch Weed (Achillea millefolium) - Right Arm View details
Staunch Weed (Achillea millefolium) - Right Arm2019reclaimed and recycled ceramic tablewareH:73cm W:29cm D:3cm£575Witch Wood, Rowan (Sorbus domestica) - Right Arm View details