As lockdown eased, I maintained my daily walks along the canal, as well as the changing natural landscape I became more fixated by the amount of litter that was increasingly entangled and strangling the plants and water. Disposable face masks seemed to be everywhere. These are not biodegradable and have a huge environmental impact. This prompted me to use them in my work as a printing tool. I also deconstructed them and used the component parts to create additional layers of collage. The colours were ones I commonly saw, from the debris of a well-known fast-food outlet.
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.