Acknowledging Lands, 38" x 48"
Mixed Media Sculptural Collage.
38" x 48" x 5"
"Acknowledging Lands shows recognition of, and respect for the First Nations Peoples, past and present, on whose traditional territories we live and work. Often voiced at the beginning of ceremonies, lectures, or any public event in Canadian provinces, this acknowledgement has now become a mindful practice as I begin a new artwork.
The ground of this piece is layered with several historical maps, lot plans and images of the original handwritten treaties with the tribes of the The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation for what is now part of present day Mississauga and Oakville, Ontario, areas close to my home. The province of Ontario is covered by 46 treaties and other agreements, such as land purchases by the Crown, signed between 1781 and 1930. In many of these treaties, Indigenous Peoples received one-time payments and no land was reserved for them to live on. There is a purposeful earthiness to this piece that implies connectedness to the land, strength and dignity. These historical documents have been obtained from the National Archives in Ottawa."
Born an artist, Sara Petroff has only recently given herself permission to self identify, allowing meaningful time for personal creative expression. With an extraordinary background in both Fine Arts and Interior Design, Sara Petroff was the curator and artistic director of the highly successful Petroff Gallery in Toronto for over 20 years. In 2013 she sold the business to open Petroff Design, a thriving Interior Design & Art Consulting practice, receiving the Houzz Service Award 5 years running from her residential and commercial clients alike.
"I have always been drawn to working with traces of time on memory-filled old papers. By working in a multitude of media and techniques, richly layering and sculpting with papers, my art is the process of breathing new life into obsolete ephemera headed to landfill in the form of sculptural collages. My art is the the act of connecting the past with future generations in meaningful ways.
Often in the form of clothing, my works are never intended as historical costume, but rather a relatable and intimate space into which the viewer can bring forth their own personal memories. Now that we live in a digital age, tangible markers of our collective identity have become obsolete and discarded. By repurposing old books, documents, letters, film, music and broken bits of ephemera, my work considers our environmental footprint as well."
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