Exploring Elise’s passion for art, writing and creative pursuits.
From an early age, Elise has maintained a deep and abiding passion for a range of creative pursuits from theatre, music, visual arts to creative crafts and cooking, born from her Latvian heritage.
Her interest in contemporary arts practice was fostered through working at Brisbane’s landmark Museum of Contemporary Art through the 1980’s, then situated in South Brisbane.
Daisy Chain by Elise Parups
After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) in 1989, Elise began exhibiting and creating commissioned pieces. Her work is held by many art collectors both nationally and internationally. She has exhibited in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, with several pieces touring with a Latvian collective in Pittsburgh, USA and also in Russia.
Other visual arts projects include the concept design for Q150 mosaic art project, a creative workshop for SLQ for children redesigning non-fiction books using marketing and design methodology, a collaborative public art project at Capalaba Regional Park with artist Carol Roche, an art installation for the Department of Education representing the drought through the retelling of a traditional indigenous story of Tiddalik with Lafe Charlton, Art + Play series of creative arts engagement workshops, Salvation Army “Play Cave” installation of event play spaces for disadvantaged families in Logan and a collaborative community weaving project with artist Trish Dobson for Redland City, among others.
Major creative projects also include an illustrated children’s book for Out of the Box Children’s Festival. Sponsored by Australia Post, Elise wrote and illustrated a book to celebrate the art of saying ‘Thank You’ in letter format. The project involved storytelling and letter writing, where children posted letters in an on-site letter box.
Her journey into an understanding of her cultural past revealed the story of her Latvian born Grandfather who became a German SS Officer during the second world war. As she grappled with her part in the enormity of his deeds, she endeavoured to confront the enigmatic Grandfather she had never met, who had subsequently divorced his family and moved to the USA. Working with acclaimed writers Michael Futcher and Helen Howard, Elise’s story became the inspiration for an award winning play ‘The Drowning Bride” in 2006.
Elise is currently writing a story of one woman’s journey overcoming adversity and learning to embrace the miracles presented through culture, cancer and domestic violence.