Cooped up in Coop­ers

Cockburn Gazette - - #SNAPPERTH -

IT was 2013 when Fre­man­tle-born artist Peter Dien­aar sat feel­ing ter­ri­fied and hope­less as he watched his Coop­ers Hill prop­erty burn in a dev­as­tat­ing Tas­ma­nian bush fire.

What fol­lowed was the birth of a fic­tional cru­sader and al­ter-ego of sorts, Coopsy, who sev­ers as the cen­tral fo­cus to Dien­aar’s new se­ries of works that ex­plores his years liv­ing at Coop­ers Hill.

Dien­aar said his paint­ings, sculp­tures and videos went deeper than he in­tended and told some­thing about him­self and the re­la­tion­ships he had with oth­ers and the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment that he was not con­sciously aware of.

“The new work, Coopsy: The Ex­hi­bi­tion, is an ob­ser­va­tion of how I see my­self,” he said.

“Coopsy al­lows me to ex­press my ex­pe­ri­ences; he is the guardian of Coop­ers Hill, liv­ing in the el­e­ments, build­ing, cre­at­ing and keep­ing busy.”

Coopsy: The Ex­hi­bi­tion will be at The Como from Novem­ber 23 to 28, noon to 9pm.

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