Debranne Cingari (b. 1963) is a well-established American photographer and assemblage artist. Cingari is known for her explorative and boundary breaking artistic approach where she combines photographic images with assemblages of various artifacts. She often combines the two genres into text reliefs and cityscapes. With a background in photojournalism and a hobby of collecting random, assorted objects, Cingari introduces found items such as keys, locks, and book pages into her photographs, welding, drilling, screwing, gluing, and sewing them to the images. Such amalgamated compositions give new meaning to old objects, while inviting the viewer to consider their history and previous uses.
Having a strong and successful background in photography, I've stepped out of my comfort zone to explore exciting new media. While an element of photography is ever present in my work, I have brought new life to my images through assemblage.
Drawing inspiration from various muses, my creations are primarily ignited by curiosity, whether from an overheard conversation, a discarded object, an experience while traveling the world, or even a dream. A life-long collector, my love of objects has led me to introduce assemblage to my photography, a marriage that has sparked an intriguing new series of work.
Combining images photographed throughout my travels with my collection of mysterious artifacts, I painstakingly create my assemblages by welding, drilling, screwing, gluing, and sewing to create magnificent compositions.
My pieces come to life as collections of locks, keys, tools, machine parts, records, book pages, bindings, and hundreds of other found objects take form as a city skyline against the dramatic backdrop of sky and sea. As you explore the composition you are drawn into a scene filled with surprises as it conjures visions of a city full of life, and each object invites you to wonder about its history.