Taking risks is something that artists do every single day of their lives. For Lynda Draper, who creates impossibly large and elaborate sculptures from intricately woven strands of clay – risk seems ever present. A master ceramicist for over three decades, these brilliant works seem to teeter on the edge, defying the limits of the medium with each sculpture taller and more complex than the last. Up close, it is their interconnectedness that gives them their inherent strength, allowing Draper to dare risk taking them to ever greater heights.

Risk is also an inherent part of Michael Lindeman’s work – shining a light on the contemporary artworld and examining his own place within it. Even though he relies on humour to soften the blow, he doesn’t shy away from the big questions – questions about class, taste, and power that are confronting and, at times, uncomfortable. 

In this issue, we enter the ever-changing inner world of Yvette Coppersmith, who recently joined the S+S family; we preview Seth Birchall’s latest exhibition Health and Happiness, for the University of Sydney’s Verge Gallery – a stunning meditation on nature; we go home with Kirsten Coelho to learn a little more about her collecting habits; and travel, if only in these pages, to Downtown LA, to the studio of Jemima Wyman where she is busy chronicling images of smoke relating to protests for our September exhibition.
Last Word goes to Dr Paul Donnelly, on the University of Sydney’s exquisite, newly minted Chau Chak Wing Museum, and on their first exhibition Object/Art/ Specimen – which braves six complex themes with over 300 objects pulled from the three very different collections that now make up the new museum.

Risk has never been so clearly apparent in our lives. While we understand the necessary constraints required for the health and safety of all, we still feel the desire to live intently, deeply and connect with others. It’s a precarious balancing act, but one for which we can look to artists for inspiration.