Although I haven’t read a serious book in a few years (I blame that on having and looking after children), I read influential magazines in design, architecture, fashion and my favourite, gossip daily! I was flipping through Homes & Antiques/August/UK and came across an artist concentrating mostly in mosaics. Outstanding is her interpretation of whimsy! I ADORE IT and her for that matter!
Her name is Cleo Mussi at www.mussimosaics.com. M is for Mosaics. M stands for Mussi and in her world, we are not talking about your traditional broken glass and plates reassembled. These are genuine master structures of art and meaning. My favourite, favourite, favourite piece is Add Hox Spaceman – an astronaut set in a chemistry lab of sorts, mixing chemicals in chemistry vials all the while comforted by his little teddy bear! I naturally inquired about and Cleo told me ‘Hox is a protein that triggers the genetic code for the production of limbs in creatures, the protein is different for centipedes and for humans for example – this is a key piece and the original ‘space scientist’ who has been on all the publicity in terms of a collectable piece.’
According to Wikipedia, Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. It is a technique of decorative art, an aspect of interior decoration, or of cultural and spiritual significance as in a cathedral. Small pieces, roughly cubic, of stone or glass of different colors, known as tesserae, (diminutive tessellae), are used to create a pattern or picture.
Well, Cleo’s art is unconventional. Her choices in broken materials and colours and method of assembly is not a technique or style typically taught in Home Ec. at school. It’s extraordinary how lines become waves of movement in various shapes and sizes. And finding or cutting the right piece to fit for each of those lines is time consuming, every inch of the artwork is carefully considered – not just stuck together to create space.
She turns the traditional art of Mosaic on its head and brings us all into the 21st Century! Coodos to you Cleo, this must be my fate of stumbling on to you this week!
Please see more of her work and where she is exhibiting through the UK.
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