Cooped up in Coopers
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.