Originally a portrait painter, her initially sculptures tended to be in wood and stone, but much of her recent work uses stainless steel.
Maclean has been commissioned for a number of public art installations. Her sculpture Mountains was a stainless steel walk-through sculpture based on the growth of crystals and included recordings of geological sounds and mineral images from research at the Natural History Museum. The piece was displayed at the Natural History Museum in 2005 before moving to a permanent home at the University of Hertfordshire. She has also been had commissions for a number of pieces of public art, including Green Wind which stands as a focal feature in Ravenswood, Ipswich. Her one-person show Bird, commissioned by the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery, was a mixture of large-scale external sculptures and large-format photographs with text and sound installation at Durham County Council's North of England Lead Mining Museum at Killhope, upper Weardale.
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- "Public Art for Ravenswood". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-12-11.
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