In Crease and Increase, Ann Debono investigates the limits and effects of pictorial reproduction and representation, through the creation of paintings that are principally images about imaging. As Debono explores a conceptual loop of imaging as subject and object, questions are generated surrounding the viewer’s external senses and perceptions. In these deftly painted artworks, carefully composed sequences of visual and sensorial interruptions occur. As one image intrudes on another, the logic of scale, perspective and gravity are upturned.
Debono amplifies this confusion by inserting, or rather painting, visual representations of absence. While looking at images of imprints, shadows and reflections, Debono makes visible that which we cannot see. These artworks depict the minituae of difference between an original and copy, through the production of a singular painting - a unique object - including images of imitation plants, fingerprint impressions and coin rubbings.
Debono exerts an internal logic that submerges and overlays textures and patterns with sections of signage, architecture, classical imagery and torn scraps of paper. Debono’s paintings rearrange our perceptions by proposing that time, perspective and reality can be both multiple and concurrent, ultimately, offering a sensation of plurotemporality.