Debranne Cingari (PHOTOGRAPHY)


Debranne Cingari (PHOTOGRAPHY) Biography

American, b. 1963

Artist Statement

"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."

Endicott College, Associates in Advertising, Beverly, MA
Sacred Heart University, Bachelor of Science Media & Master in Education, Fairfield, CT
Private Instruction in Photo Transfer technique with Steve Sonshine 1999,
Studied under Bruce Hudson, Julie Wilson, and Arthur Rainville,
Paper Making, Photo Transfers, Book & Box Making, Creative Arts Workshop of New Haven, New Haven, CT
Studied with Luciana Nottiurni in mosaic, Ravenna, Italy
Selected Exhibitions
Shubert Theater Gallery: Women’s Art Show, 2nd place award winner, New Haven, CT
Disney’s Epcot, Honorable Mention, Orlando, FL
Discovery Museum, Honorable Mention, Bridgeport, CT
Sacred Heart University Gallery, Fairfield, CT
Bernhard Gallery, Bridgeport, CT
Sackler Gallery, Stamford, CT
Print Making Council, Somerville, NJ
Graphic Arts Center, Norwalk, CT
National Women’s Music Festival, Muncie, IN
Texas Artist Museum: 10th Annual National Photography Contest, Weathered VII (2004), Port Arthur, TX
Salmagundi Art Club, NYC Invitational Contemporary Exhibition, Sunday Read (2004), New York, NY
Spectra National Photography Triennial, Seduced (2004), New York, NY
58th Annual Art of the Northeast Exhibition, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
Salmagundi Masters Exhibition, New York, NY
Selected Collections
The Kinsey Institute, 202 photographs, Bloomington, IN
Cantor Fitzgerald, New York, NYMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, CT
HQ Global Workplace Corporate Headquarters, Westport, CT
Lesbian & Gay Community Center, New York, NY
Public throughout the US
Selected Awards
2010 3rd Prize Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Work in the Salmagundi Club's Special President's "Collage & Mixed Media" Exhibition, Tree Hugger
2010 Merit Award, The Bank, Salmagundi Club Annual Photography & Graphics Exhibition, New York, NY
2005 Philip Isenberg Award, Snowflake, Salmagundi Art Club, New York, NY
2004 International 2004 Spider Award, The Womb, Published in their 2005 promotional calendar
2004 Presidents Award, The Womb, Salmagundi Art Club, NYC, Annual non-Juried Summer exhibition
2004 John N Lewis, Fallen with Exhaustion, Salmagundi Art Club, Annual Members Photography and Sculptors Exhibition, New York, NY