A self-taught artist, Jordan MacLachlan was born and grew up in, Toronto, Canada. From an early age she preferred staying at home where she could fashion things with clay and other materials. There would be no world in which MacLachlan did not feature animals; her kinship with them runs deep. She wove a fantasy family story for herself, choosing to believe she was an abandoned mountain lion cub whose mother had been shot, leaving her to be raised by her adoptive human family.
By the time Jordan turned sixteen, she had acquired her own kiln and became absorbed in her ever-growing collection of artwork. Jordan crafts imaginary worlds – Condo Living, Zoo Living, and Unexpected Subway Living – that explore all aspects of life, from the real to the imagined. Sculpting is an imperative for MacLachlan, who models figures every day. A single figure is born after days of labour, a group gathers several weeks later, and years pass before another world of her own making is finally realized. Unexpected Subway Living has evolved over the past few years and she intends to add figures to it ‘forever.’ Thee hundred sculptures currently populate a 25-floor surface and more figures are added with every passing month.
In Canada, Jordan has shown with public institutions, including MOCCA (Toronto), the Museum of Natural Science (Ottawa), The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery (Waterloo), The Rooms (P.E.I), Orange (St. Hyacinthe Quebec), and the Art Gallery of Burlington. Her work was also featured in an exhibit at the Sor-Troms Museum of Outsider Art in Harstaad Norway. Jordan is represented by Marion Harris in NYC and was featured at the Outsider Art Fair in 2017 and 2018.