Lynda Draper is a contemporary Australian artist who primarily works in the ceramic medium. Her practice explores the intersection between dreams and reality, shaped by fragmented images from her surrounding environment, recollected memories, and interest in talismans from ancient cultures. Created by a combination of pinching and coiling hand building techniques, Draper’s ceramic sculptures evoke dreamlike, ethereal qualities with the visual fragility of paper or wax, and yet are instilled with the resilience and permanence of fired clay. The skeletal structures evolve intuitively, each part gradually cultivating the connective tissue of the work. Often towering into the air, they hold an anthropomorphic presence; each sculpture is imbued with a life of their own. Ultimately, Draper is interested in the relationship between the mind and material world, and the related phenomenon of the metaphysical. Creating art is her way of bridging the gap between these worlds and inviting contemplation about other possible realms.
Draper has received numerous national and international awards, including being the recipient of the 2019 Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award. Other awards include the 16th International Gold Coast Ceramic Award, Queensland; Fisher’s Ghost Award, Sydney; and 54th Acquisition Award MIC, Faenza, Italy.
The artist’s works are held in significant national and international collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy; FA Grue Collection, Italy; Renwick Alliance Gallery, Smithsonian Institute Washington; Artbank, Australia; Collection of the Dutch Royal Family, Netherlands; IAC Collection FLICAM Museum, Fuping, China; Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), Victoria; The Myer Foundation, Victoria; Campbelltown City Art Gallery; Gold Coast City Art Gallery; and the University of Wollongong, New South Wales.download pdf