Transformer Presents Valerie Wiseman and Naoko Wowsugi Very Sad Lab: The Incubator

By East City Art Editorial Team on February 7, 2022

Sat, February 5 2022 — Sat, March 19 2022

Very Sad Lab exhibition still. Image courtesy Transformer.

Transformer announces The Incubator, a living, growing, site-specific art installation, resource lab, and series of pre-plant-parent programs presented by Very Sad Lab, a houseplant rehabilitation and research-based community engaged art project developed by artists Valerie Wiseman and Naoko Wowsugi.

For the duration of five weeks, plants will grow inside The Incubator exhibition at Transformer, as both plants and prospective plant parents prepare for life together. Very Sad Lab will host a series of preparatory online workshops and create guided resources on new plant care. At the end of the exhibition, The Incubator plants will be adopted out to new plant parents throughout DC, creating a network of connections across the city!

The Incubator will be open for public viewing beginning February 5 during Transformer’s exhibition hours: Thursday – Saturday from 1 – 6 PM, with public programs taking place in person and within online formats. More information on programming below.

Very Sad Lab (@verysadlab) is a houseplant rehabilitation and research-based community-engaged art project developed by artists Valerie Wiseman and Naoko Wowsugi. By rehabilitating sad plants, sharing resources, and providing plant education, Very Sad Lab aims to build sustainable and greener DC communities. More info contact / @verysadlab

Tuesday, February 22 at 2:22pm
Prepare your mind and body for plant parenthood with a Gong Sound Bath led by Naoko Wowsugi inside The Incubator. This program will be broadcast on IGLive at 2:22pm (EST); tune in to @transformerdc

Saturday, March 5 / Propagation & Germination Workshop
Learn how to propagate and germinate plants from other plants including houseplants and common vegetables. Multiply the green, multiply the joy. This program will be presented virtually on Transformer’s Instagram (@transformerdc) and website with the opportunity for a Q&A session with the artists.

Saturday, March 19 / Baby Shower & Plant Adoption Day
Celebrate growth! Now that you know what to expect when you’re expecting, adopt a plant from The Incubator. At Transformer from 1–6pm; masks are required.

Presenting a variety of Pre-Plant-Parenthood multimedia resources from Very Sad Lab and other horticulturists in the field. Resources available inside The Incubator and online via Transformer’s website and Instagram.


  • Thursday – Saturday from 1 – 6 PM

Transformer is located at 1404 P St NW.