This piece entitled ‘It’s Not Goodbye’ shows the classic and iconic silhouette of Mary that has been adapted to have a slightly more uplifting perspective. Literally hundreds of tiny butterflies lift her up and take her away (butterflies link to the orignal film). The top of the umbrella points towards the very top of the dome of St Pauls Cathedral where the light detail then continues up into the sky and lights up the cloud, there is something really beautiful about that.
You see so many takes on the classic Mary silhouette and I wanted to take this to a completely different level. Choosing butterflies was done with the thinking that they represent transition and change and fitted perfectly with the fact that Mary comes in on the wind to transform lives for the better before leaving when her work is done.
The iconic dome of St Pauls is dominated with red and blue to represent the classic British film whilst the parts of white complete the trio of colours from the Union Jack flag.
I chose the title ‘It’s Not Goodbye’ to represent her bond with the Banks family and undoubtedly with Bert, the narrative within the classic story hints that Mary and Bert have met before and without a doubt shows that there is chemistry between the two whilst the transformation that she has made on the Banks family makes you think that she couldn’t possibly just up and leave as soon as the wind changes. So the title really is very important and taking what I hope is a beautiful image and giving it something even more beautiful for people to visualise.