Judith MacLaren

Habitat 2019

ARTIST: Judi MacLaren

MEDIUM: Mixed media


SIZE: 90 x 90cm


Judi MacLaren uses the nest as a vehicle and metaphor to explore the strength and frailty of life.  Birds-Nests epitomise home in its most natural, intricate form.  Their fragile construction recalls ‘nursery rhyme’ warnings of impermanence and exposure to the elements threatening life itself.  Nonetheless, these seemingly ephemeral structures endure to provide shelter, refuge, a place to hide, ‘a home’.  The nest provides a safe haven for its inhabitants, somewhere to be nurtured and begin life. By conflating her own experience of life and home with the nest motif, Judi has created a narrative that invites the viewer into a private world.  There are glimpses of joy and uncertainty, fleeting moments - familiar to us all - when decisions are quickly made but interminably pondered - we build our nest's bit by bit, not knowing what lies ahead.  The nest is a metaphor for life - traces of experience; events, home, family and freedom are intertwined.

Value: $1,495AUD

Reserve: $1,000AUD

Judith MacLaren Headshot

Born in Sydney. After finishing secondary school studied painting and drawing with Mr Henry Justelius at his Crows Nest studio. Returning to Sydney after living in Wagga Wagga gained Certificate in Drawing at Highest Pass at Meadowbank TAFE followed by Certificate in Studio Ceramics at Hornsby TAFE.  Completed Certificate in Advanced Creative Painting at Meadowbank TAFE and while at Meadowbank her work Bush Forms was selected as a semi-finalist in the TAFE NSW Invitational Arts & Design Prize.  Her work was also selected to be presented to Mr Sultan SuqrAlsaidi, Deputy Minister for Education and Youth, United Arab Emirates as the Australian Delegations official gift.