Zambrano's artistic process has been highly influenced by the writings of André Malraux. Within his notion of the imaginary museum, Malraux wrote that museums, in their act of containing objects, implicitly changed the essence of said pieces. Once exhibited within the museum space, a shift incurs between the viewer and the object, resulting in a novel dialogue between the two.
The same occurs in Elsa Zambrano's assemblages. She highlights the works of prominent artists from within the art historical canon using an array of found objects, and as a result, the viewer comes to appreciate a unique encounter between said pieces thanks to their placement within her boxes. Each of her assemblages becomes, in effect, a museum in itself.