Heidi Ratanavanich

Heidi Ratanavanich is a visual artist and educator. Heidi’s work uses a range of media—particularly sculpture, video and public/private events—to give form to inquiries into the politics of place. Heidi is specifically interested in the intersection of food sovereignty, ecology and economy and has taught at Rowan University, Moore College of Art and Design and Mural Arts Philadelphia as an Artist-in-Resident. Heidi’s work has recently been exhibited at 40th St AIR Gallery, Asian Arts Initiative, and The Schuylkill Center.

Mobile Cob Oven

Mobile Cob Oven, 2015

As part of Asian Art Initiative's 2015 Pearl Street Micro-Grants, Provisional Island built a fully functional wood fired oven out of cob—a traditional building material made of clay, sand, and straw. Evoking a pre-industrial past and a post-industrial future, the mobile oven served as the center piece of several events throughout the summer.