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.

  • Couch Grass, Dog Grass (Elymus repens) - Hand View details
    Couch Grass, Dog Grass (Elymus repens) - Hand
    Cleo Mussi

    Couch Grass, Dog Grass (Elymus repens) - Hand

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:22cm W:12cm D:3cm
    Sold
  • Sweet Violet (Viola odorata) - Hand View details
    Sweet Violet (Viola odorata) - Hand
    Cleo Mussi

    Sweet Violet (Viola odorata) - Hand

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:23cm W:16cm D:3cm
    Sold
  • Oxslip (Primula eletior) - Hand View details
    Oxslip (Primula eletior) - Hand
    Cleo Mussi

    Oxslip (Primula eletior) - Hand

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:21cm W:17cm D:3cm
    Sold
  • "Honest Down Right Good Sort of Weeds" Charles Darwin - Label View details
    "Honest Down Right Good Sort of Weeds" Charles Darwin - Label
    Cleo Mussi

    "Honest Down Right Good Sort of Weeds" Charles Darwin - Label

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:12cm W:6cm D:1cm
    Sold
  • Hemlock (Conium maculatum) - Skull View details
    Hemlock (Conium maculatum) - Skull
    Cleo Mussi

    Hemlock (Conium maculatum) - Skull

    2018
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:34cm W:32cm D:3cm
    £665
  • Nettle (Urtica dioica) - Left Arm View details
    Nettle (Urtica dioica) - Left Arm
    Cleo Mussi

    Nettle (Urtica dioica) - Left Arm

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:71cm W:29cm D:3cm
    £575
  • Witch Bottle and Label View details
    Witch Bottle and Label
    Cleo Mussi

    Witch Bottle and Label

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:44cm W:22cm D:3cm
    £545
  • Staunch Weed (Achillea millefolium) - Right Arm View details
    Staunch Weed (Achillea millefolium) - Right Arm
    Cleo Mussi

    Staunch Weed (Achillea millefolium) - Right Arm

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:73cm W:29cm D:3cm
    £575
  • Witch Wood, Rowan (Sorbus domestica) - Right Arm View details
    Witch Wood, Rowan (Sorbus domestica) - Right Arm
    Cleo Mussi

    Witch Wood, Rowan (Sorbus domestica) - Right Arm

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:73cm W:29cm D:3cm
    £575

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