2019 Site-Responsive Art & Biennale Artist Sasha Petrenko
Sasha Petrenko
Washington/California
Forest Time: Water
Eco-feminist sci-fi rock opera
Sasha Petrenko is an interdisciplinary artist and Artistic Director of The New Urban Naturalists. Her work utilizes sculpture, experimental writing, and live cinema performance to draw parallels between ecology and human relationships. Petrenko’s projects have been featured widely at national and inter-national venues including the Watermill Center for Performance in New York, On the Boards in Seattle, WA, Kebbel Villa in Schwandorf, Germany, Kulturfolger in Zurich Switzerland, the Los Angeles County Arboretum, and the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Petrenko is Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Foundations at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.
Artist Sasha Petrenko performing her eco-feminist rock opera at the 2019 Site-Responsive Art Biennale
Forest Time is a new eco-feminist sci-fi rock opera about sticky entanglements across ecologies, economies, and time-scales. This performance, made over the course of 3 weeks on site at I-Park, is the second in the series based on the 4 natural elements Air, Water, Earth and Fire. It is a first glimpse at what will become Forest Time: Water. We were all water-babies. Bodies of water. 85 percent at birth, we lose nearly 50% over the course of our life-times. Like the recently completed Forest Time: Fire, this chapter features original music, spoken word, interactive sculpture and video, and draws on current climate change data, forest science and science fiction to create an interdisciplinary performance all about one of the elements, in this case Water and how it relates to forest hydrology, the human body, ecological and political relationships and Love. Water is like love. Without it we perish. Too much, love or water, mismanaged or misdirected, we’ll drown.
Artist Sasha Petrenko performing her eco-feminist rock opera at the 2019 Site-Responsive Art Biennale
Artist Sasha Petrenko coming out of the pond in her eco-feminist rock opera at the 2019 Site-Responsive Art Biennale
Artist Sasha Petrenko speaking to the guests about her eco-feminist rock opera at the 2019 Site-Responsive Art Biennale
Artist Sasha Petrenko performing her eco-feminist rock opera at the 2019 Site-Responsive Art Biennale