The piece was inspired by Elizabeth Bowen’s childhood and how her surroundings influenced how she saw the world. It reflects on the adult world through the eyes of a child and all of the wonder, awe, and fear that accompanies that. Bowen’s relationship with the canal was a complex one; the canal was a key feature in her childhood, while also a source of fear as she worried the waters would one day rise to her window.
The first half, full of simplistic shapes and a soothing pastel palette represents the child’s perspective of the adult world. The second half brings in the theme of time passing as we step into the adult world.