Sara Petroff "John Adams" painting Canadian artist
Sara Petroff "John Adams" painting Canadian artist
Sara Petroff "John Adams" painting Canadian artist
Sara Petroff "John Adams" painting Canadian artist
Sara Petroff "John Adams" painting Canadian artist
Sara Petroff "John Adams" painting Canadian artist
Sara Petroff "John Adams" painting Canadian artist
Sara Petroff "John Adams" painting Canadian artist

John Adams Had to Work Late, 36.5" x 48.5"

$7,800.00 Sale Save

Mixed Media Sculptural Collage.

36.5" x 48,5" x 7" 

"Inspired by a print of the Declaration of the United States, we see John Adams at his desk. His vest is sculpted from that very document, with all the signatures.  His belt shows US Congress, July 4, 1776 and shirt made from handwritten historical ledgers from that period. His face is sculpted from a vintage dictionary, his hair from books, and on his desk is a copy of an actual letter with John Adams’ signature. The floor is collaged handwriting.

This declaration is both enduring and beautiful.  As a calligrapher, I have often wondered what it was like to actually write it.  How many iterations? How many mistakes sent him back to his inkwell? So I created this is a narrative of John Adams working fervently to complete it as he looks out onto Independence Hall in Philadelphia (which is where the document was ultimately signed). Seen from behind, which is an intimate and candid perspective, we feel like we are in the room where it happened."

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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