In her new show of paintings, Dehiscence, Ann Debono pursues her interest in depicting shopfront windows. These paintings are the product of a sustained enquiry into the relationship between the image and the spectral ‘Real’. The work plays on the mute and opaque intransigence of surfaces such as tiling and concrete bagging, contrasted with the open visibility offered by glass. What Debono tries to make apparent in these works is that the apprehension of surfaces is an experience which imbricates touch and sight and also bears connotations for the meaning-forming potential of materials. For instance, that glass can reveal as a property of its transparency and concrete can resist enquiry as a property of its blankness and density. Debono attempts to distress these relationships between tactility, sight, and legibility in order to bring forward the indissoluble paradoxes of images.