Zanelli's playful and interrogative practice uses photography melded with installation, costume, sculpture and performance. The narratives behind her work use images as mediators between characters; people become materials, the photograph becomes an object, and the object becomes a sitter. Zanelli completed a BA Visual Art & Design in 2015. Her photographic work has been exhibited around Australia in galleries including the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (WA), Stills Gallery (NSW), Bus Projects (VIC), and Hugo Michel Gallery (SA). A selection of her work has been acquired by Artbank Australia and she has been featured in the British Journal of Photography. In 2017, she travelled to London as a resident artist at the Slade School of Fine Art. Zanelli is currently studying a Master of Photography at Photography Studies College in Melbourne, Australia.