The Story Behind the Work

Friday, April 25, 2008; WE45 Washington Post

 

The idea for Deena Feigelson Margolis's "Four Months," an abridged version of the artist's 2007 attempt to make a painting a day for six months, first came after reading Scott McCloud's "Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art."

What jumped out at her about the 1993 work, written in the sequential form of a comic book, was the author's discussion of "the relationship of the frame to the spaces between the frames," Margolis says. In other words, in visual storytelling, what's left unsaid is just as important as what's said.

See those empty spots between paintings on the McLean Project for the Arts' walls? According to the 48-year-old Baltimore artist, wife and mother, they represent days when life was just too hectic to allow her to get into the studio. By that measure, she says, those sporadic gaps in the finished series, representing her most eventful days, are also paradoxically her best paintings.

 Michael O'Sullivan