By Debora Alanna

1989 – Gallery Too Vancouver
Curated by Randy Anderson

Debora Alanna - Lightworks - Gallery Too - Vancouver BC 1988

Debora Alanna – Lightworks – Detail – Gallery Too 1998 – Vancouver BC – Underlay, cold rolled steel, polyballs, incandescent light – Installation

Cold rolled steel, poly balls, underlay, incandescent light

Grounding of vision, such as that referred to by 
 Edwin Abbot in his novella,
written in 1884:

But now, drawing back to the edge of the table, 
gradually lower your eye …
and you will find the penny becoming more 
and more oval to your view, and at last when you
have placed your eye
exactly on the edge of the table…
the penny will then have ceased to appear oval at all,
and will have become, so far as you can see, a straight line.”


The straight line referred to by Abbot succinctly
describes the visual illusion
that visual perception alludes to. The abstraction of an eye,
of vision is the primary idea in Lightworks. 

The eye is grounded, and the form repeated to reiterate the 
importance of the perception of seeing.   

The eyes are interrupted by the bisection 
of the curved formation over the ‘eyeball’.              

 This distortion to sightedness is a response to the vision of the artist
being questioned; 
assertion of that particular, and maybe peculiar
vision is articulated with rhetorical persuasion.
If the eye is the window to the soul, then these windows are open to
new insights, 
different perceptions – closely guarded ones.

Debora Alanna - Lightworks - Detail - Gallery Too 1998 - Vancouver BC
Debora Alanna – Lightworks – Detail – Gallery Too 1988 – Vancouver BC