‘The Missing Parrot’ by Claire McArdle tells a story about Bundoora Homestead Art Centre. During renovations in the late 1990s, a workman dropped a hammer through the stained glass ceiling destroying the centre where there was a picture of a parrot. The parrot design was not replaced as they couldn’t remember what type of parrot was there. Instead they added a red geometric design to the centre of the glass ceiling. Claire McArdle made this work at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre while artist-in-residence for the ‘Under Construction’ exhibition in 2016. The work consists of three second-hand hammers that have been hand carved into birds that are local to the area in Bundoora.
Claire McArdle trained as a jeweler at RMIT University, completing her honours degree in 2011. In 2016 she won the National Contemporary Jewellry Award at the Griffith Regional Art Gallery. In 2014 she completed a residency at the Icelandic Textile Centre and in 2017 exhibited her work in Melbourne, Munich and Estonia. Her work is held in numerous collections including: RMIT University, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery and Bluestone Collective, Melbourne.