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 bushfire.
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 go deeper than he intended and tell something about himself and the relationships he has 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.
“He is searching for something he knows he will probably never find but knows is out there.”
Coopsy: The Exhibition will be displayed at The Como, Thursday 23 to Tuesday 28, from 12pm to 9pm.