Ellen's work as a graduate student created a sense of anticipation and possibility through the exploration of movement, suspension, travel, portals and paths. The use of remnants and humble materials suggested the contemplative uncovering of an internal space. Ellen was influenced by philosopher Gaston Bachelard's writings on the phenomenological significance of spaces. In her attempt to deal with space in terms of its poetic significance the artist placed gently familiar symbols in otherworldly settings. She explored the visualisation of dimensions through a combination of flat graphic surfaces, mirrors and delicate sculptural forms, the juxtaposition of miniature and monumental scale.