This work was one in a series of works title Covid Canal. As I took my daily walks along the canal during lockdown, I noticed the changes in the flora and fauna far more than in previous years. The water lilies seemed particularly lovely. As I watched them grow, I began to see a duality between the lilies and the images of the COVID-19 virus that was omnipresent in the media. The colours reflect both the canal and the virus. The lilies/virus are created from bubble wrap. It was created in my studio.
Sheila MacNeill is a Glasgow based artist living and work adjacent to the Forth and Clyde Canal. Sheila’s work is rooted in the tradition of landscape. During lockdown Sheila found a new focus for her work based on her daily walks along and around the canal. Sheila’s work creates on one level idealistic lands full of colour plants, flowers surrounded by, or under and above, water. Look closer and you will see that they incorporate layers of texture created by everyday materials such as cardboard, packaging materials and disposable facemasks.