My work is rooted in an ontological perspective, a fascination for what is at the heart of existence. My background comes from the fine art tradition of painting. The painterly aesthetic present in my recently acquired video practice is in direct resonance with my paintings.

My intuitive practice accompanied by an investigative gaze into the compelling mysterious ground of Being is what drives my work. I realize that to create work that invites awe and wonderment—at a time when the popular and approved styles of contemporary art are focused toward a strong cerebral discourse—can be perceived as a subversive act.

— Elaine Despins 2010