Forest of Golden Leaves by Zela Bissett
51 x 41 cm on foam core
This work has its roots in a favourite Fairy Tale from childhood, The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Each night when the princesses break out of their confinement, they walk through three forests; one forest has leaves of gold. This work, with its radiating explosion of golden leaves refers to that fairytale. The golden leaves however are formed from a weed vine of the riparian zone in subtropical Queensland. I harvested the so-called “balloons” and found that, with some creative processing, they formed this delicate plastic-like layer which suggests the golden leaves.
Purchased artworks can be collected on Thursday, 13 July 6:30-8:30 pm*, and on Friday, 14 July during gallery hours
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 12-6 pm, Saturday 11 am-6 pm
*Gallery is open until 8:30 pm on the 13 July for the next opening night
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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.
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