Emmaline Zanelli uses pictures to pull the people around her close, to construct spaces where they can be investigated with aggressive curiousity and playful irreverence. Drawing on intimate relationships with friends and family members, Zanelli takes a dreamlike approach to her pictures as she deconstructs her subjects and mashes them back together, through a tactile visual language where the photograph becomes an object, and the object becomes a sitter.
Zanelli has been actively exhibiting in South Australia since 2010. In 2016, she was the inaugural winner of the Helpmann Academy Watson Award, and was selected by the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art to exhibit in the annual HATCHED National Graduate Exhibition, where her work was highly commended. She then travelled to Sydney for her first interstate solo exhibition at Stills Gallery in Paddington. A selection of her work has been acquired by Artbank Australia. In August 2017, Zanelli will travel to London to undertake an artist residency at the Slade School of Fine Art research centre. She currently creates work from her studio at Fontanelle Studios in Bowden, and works as a photo retoucher and graphic designer.