Eilish McCann's work is figurative and often contains a narrative element, depicting scenes from everyday life,
Her practice includes painting and printmaking and a key facet of her work is appropriating found imagery. This material is sourced online and from news media, as well as her own photographs. McCann selects her subjects intuitively, though she is predominantly drawn to poses or scenes that hold a contradiction; that both contain and query a particular emotional state.
She interprets these images initially through studies on paper and these subjects can also be made into prints or painted with acrylics, oils or watercolour. This process of unfolding and inquiry is a way of spending time with her subjects; even if they can’t be understood entirely, they can still be examined and expanded upon.
Currently, her work is concerned with personal history, migration, folklore and our relationship with the natural world,