Last weekend I was assisting my friend and mentor Cleo Mussi at her stand at Collect at the Saatchi Gallery in London. She was awarded a large stand in the Saatchi Project Space gallery and she asked me to go along and assist – very exciting. Although my schedule was fit to busting point, I couldn’t refuse helping out a friend and getting to see what it was all about.
“She creates an entire world for her tales – from small insects, to guard dogs, to astronauts and these characters all play a part in this narrative”
Collect is an annual show curated by the Crafts Council and takes over the entire Saatchi Gallery for a long weekend. There is so many strange and wonderful work to see; the unexpected, the ostentatious, the aspirational. Of course I am biased when it comes to Mussi’s work but there was something so very refreshing about the artists exhibiting in the_ Project Space_. The show felt like it had it’s feet on the ground, but was still engaging and challenging, including some fantastic screen printed ceramics, dynamic furniture and textiles – and as textiles are currently thin on the ground that was great to see.
Mussi selected only her main pieces from her latest body of work All Consuming for this particular show, however this wasn’t a full representation of her entire practice, as I was earnestly telling any clients who would listen. She creates an entire world for her tales – from small insects, to guard dogs, to astronauts and these characters all play a part in this narrative. The large mosaics shown here were assembled in a long line and resembled a strange hieroglyphic from the future as well as the past, addressing ecological concerns.
If you didn’t get to visit Collect then the next chance to see Mussi’s work is at The Museum in The Park in Stroud Gloucestershire from 19th July – 27th August, to see the full collection of All Consuming. She will also be at Bovey Tracey from 6th – 8th June. Alternatively you can always contact the artist in person. Visit her website here to get the full picture. Mussi’s work is highly collectible – and slightly addictive!