provisional island

provisional island's work seeks to create an archeology of the present, to examine and disinter a way of life unraveling, a civilization falling apart. Through this exploration, we hope to revive old technologies and forgotten stories, to find new ways of living together.

Eileen Shumate is a multidisciplinary artist exploring modes of community building and social justice within a deteriorating natural landscape. She recently was a fob holder resident at Second State Press. She also supports self-taught artists as a case manager at the art|works studios. She studied art and geography at the University of Iowa.

Heidi Ratanavanich is a visual artist and educator. Heidi’s work uses a range of media—particularly sculpture, video and public/private gatherings—to give form to inquiries into the politics of place and space. Heidi is specifically interested in the intersection of food sovereignty, ecology and economy. They teach at Moore College of Art and Design. On other days Heidi works at Future and Sons building and renovating homes in Philadelphia.

Michael McCanne is a writer and visual artist. His writing and criticism has been published by The New Inquiry, Fanzine, The Brooklyn Rail, Art in America, and Jacobin. He holds a Master's degree from Goldsmiths University of London.