She started her personal and artistic search in contemporary jewellery when she started her teaching activities at the “P. Selvatico” Institute of Fine Arts  in 1987 in Padua.

The Italian “Arte Povera” movement inspired her concept works from the beginning where precious and “less precious” materials (silver, enamel, broken glass, resin, copper, gold, plastics, enamels, wood and paints) are transformed and modelled into provocative shapes and signs. Surfaces are corroded; precious metals as well as poor materials are used, without considering their value.

Her pieces are details of the everyday talk of women, history from the past and talks of her life, using metals and other undefined materials in a continuous intellectual play. Just like pages form an autobiography, each piece stems from a different constructional arrangement like a continuous “metamorphosis”.

She won the Herbert Hofmann prize in Munich in 1997 and in 2006. Her highly expressive works of art are present in many of the most important Museum Collections in Europe and in the USA. 



Zannella works