VIRTUAL WORLD BUILDING-holy chancla
HOLY CHANCLA is project who’s project mission is ever-evolving but started as a digital exploration of various world-building techniques. In a real-life world that’s increasingly concentrated on ways to exist in the digital, HOLY CHANCLA focuses on creating surreal, inviting,inhibitable space. The chancla is mundane, here we explore how everyday mundane items can be viewed through the lense of holiness.
Gabriela Zappiis a designer and architecture school graduate living and working in downtown Los Angeles. Her inspiration comes from surrealism as a cultural movement which emerged in disenfranchised Europe after World War 1. Through her hyper-digital architectural background, Gabriela developed some sense of security and comfort in exploration of a series of imagined digital worlds, defying the laws of reality and that which we take as absolute fact in an attempt to provide an alternate reality or view of the future.
The physical manifestation of time spent in these fantastical digital spaces is evident in the playfulness and whimsy of the Object Project. The idea that that which is imagined can in fact exist in the physical and that process of translation from imagination to screen to living room is an ongoing exploration.
The Object Project is a limited line of one-of-one furniture and home pieces entirely cut from one sheet of plywood by a CNC machine. The line contains 5 larger furniture objects and 19 smaller household items - ashtrays, trays, candle holders, incense holders, and a flower holder.
Since graduating, the Gabriela has spent time working on high-end single family residential architecture, hospitality design, interiors, art-direction. She currently holds a designer role at AD100 firm, Studio Shamshiri in Los Angeles as well as an art direction consulting position for fashion label Rose in Good Faith.
Her solo work has explored fashion and clothing/textile design, set-design, household object and furniture design, as well as continuing to develop digital world building and exploration.
Gabriela’s work has been featured in Vogue Italia, the a+d museum in Los Angeles and Interior Design Magazine. She is currently preparing for a digital exhibition in a London Gallery where, along side several other Latin american Artists, her work will be sold as NFTs.
Gabriela is currently accepting custom commissions, collaborations and any business inquiries.
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