Zela Bissett’s exhibition, Paper Hero, is aptly named because the paper itself is the hero of the artworks. These are no ordinary papers but sheets of specialised substance formed by the artist from plants and earths gathered from her subtropical garden. The various plants give colour, texture and character to the papers formed from them. Zela uses banana trunks, ginger stalks, arrowroot, okra, aloe vera and many other plants to achieve a variety of effects in her unique artworks, of which paper is indeed the hero, sometimes complemented by inks which Zela also makes from first-principles. She brews and strains berries, flowers or bark to get different shades and tones. Embedded within the paper are fronds, fragments and tendrils of the plants which were used to make the papers. Zela works within the offerings of nature, finding much to explore and making artworks whose subtle beauty reflects the natural materials from which they are composed.