Sasha Petrenko and a student seated on a colorful rug, with a number of objects between them.


Sasha Petrenko and a student with a white cane stand inside a large, geometric structure made of wooden rods in a darkened room. An image is projected on the wall behind them.In March 2023, Jack Straw and Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences (AVIA) presented an accessible youth and family art workshop at Jack Straw in conjunction with Sasha Petrenko’s New Media Gallery installation, Forest Time Water. Participants experienced Sasha’s work with an audio description from Jesse Minkert of Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences.

After exploring the installation and hearing about Sasha’s process and inspiration, participants learned about the concept of data sonification and how numbers can be translated into sound. Sasha and Jack Straw engineer Daniel Guenther guided attendees through the process of recording short musical samples, which were then manipulated and looped into an original soundscape. Before concluding, participants had the opportunity to explore the recorded samples and create their own unique mix.

Listen: “Cascade76” by Sasha Petrenko and gallery workshop participants


Photographs by Sherwin Eng.

This program was made possible with support from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Department of Services for the Blind, and individual contributors.

This program was provided in part under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


Sasha Petrenko portrait

Sasha Petrenko

Sasha K Petrenko (she/her) is an earthling, artist and storyteller. Her interdisciplinary practice blends sculpture, theater, video and sound. Rooted in eco-feminism, rock n’ roll, and post-apocalypse…

Photo of Jesse Minkert

Jesse Minkert

Jesse Minkert’s work has appeared in about fifty literary journals including the Cream City Review, Confrontation, Mount Hope, the Floating Bridge Review, the Minetta Review, Poetry Northwest, Common Knowledge…



Sasha Petrenko | FOREST TIME WATER

January 27-March 10, 2023

Opening Reception: Friday, January 27, 7pm
In person at Jack Straw Cultural Center

Artist Talk: Friday, March 3, 7pm
In person and streaming on YouTube…