Shall We Begin? (Mary Poppins) - Original

Mark Davies British Artist

  • Horseplay behind closed doors? Impossible! Not within these four walls! Sorry Mr Banks but ‘anything can happen if you let it’.

    We open a door to a room where strict rules are laid out and enforced, toys littered the floor, naive minds are educated and naughtiness is scalded. This is a room where Mary takes control, what she says goes, you do what she says or face the consequences. Welcome to Mary’s room.

    This piece shows how Mary likes to enjoy herself after lights out. There is something there between Mary and Bert, that is blatant - the pair have history for sure. Sexual tension runs freely throughout the original narrative so let’s embrace it. Mary is a dominatrice, a disciplinarian whereas Bert is the complete opposite - they say opposites attract and these two take it to another level.

    My other piece - The Beast From The East showed how the pair met for liaisons up on the rooftop, under the stars, how beautiful but how dangerous - constantly having to avoid canon balls for one. Time to move indoors. How could Bert possibly be smuggled past the drawing room and up into Mary’s boudoir? Bert’s a chimneysweep right and Mary’s got a roaring fire in her grate!

    The piece gives a deeper insight into the couples relationship. A striking black (carousel) horse dominates the room, wearing the suffragette sash (stuffed with cash). Cracks exist all over the body, showing a fire that burns within, evoking a real sense of passion that is close to bursting out. But why would a horse be within a bedroom? The lap dancing style pole exists, Mary had that fitted, but the horse, no that does not. It is a symbol that represents Mary’s character, powerful and intimidating yet beautiful and open to being tamed. So the dominant part of the piece doesn’t actually exist, yet it allows us to see Mary take centre stage in the piece like she does in her room.

    Surrounding the horse are objects that you will at first associate with horse riding - leather boots and whips but peer a little deeper, through the beautifully lit room and you will see that they are in fact there to allow the rider to take the reins in a completely different way. The room showcases indulgence in drugs and booze and various forms of naughtiness yet masked by beautiful details within the room, both physical objects that prove that she has a softer side and through beautiful lighting detail that adds drama to the piece through semi-transparent butterflies and coloured bokeh, blurred through a subtle smokey haze. As with The Beast From The East, the intention here is to mask the detail deemed bad and make it look beautiful, which in their eyes is what they have.

    Mary is constantly having to correct Bert as he isn’t the brightest but she intends to teach him. This lends perfectly to the clients’ education background so there isa blackboard where scrawled messages and repeated lines sit. This also features one of Berts chalk drawings, sadly only for Mary to mock and scald his attempts - further reinforcing the battle for control within the relationship and within the room.

    Marys umbrella is present, burning within the corner of the room, this was her ticket out of here when things got too much, maybe Bert wants something more long-term and has grown tired of the set up. The talking head of the umbrella is broken off and taped up, after all he’s seen way too much! Her carpet bag is there, stuffed (mainly) with objects from her white outfit - isn’t white meant to signify purity and innocence? Come on Mary, really?! Only a fool could fall for that, oh hang on...Bert?!
    1. Released: 2016
    2. Collection: Storyteller
    3. Specification: 1 of 1 original framed embellished canvas, hand signed by artist.
    4. Image Size: 48” x 36"
    5. Framed Size: 54” x 41"

Category: spo-default, spo-disabled

Type: Original Artwork

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