The Ladies Society of Alchemical Agriculture
The Ladies’ Society of Alchemical Agriculture is a carnival wagon whose form echoes a work shed in the rural American vernacular. It functions as a laboratory and exposition booth, reflecting a collision of 4-H club science, home economics and animal husbandry exhibits. On display inside the wagon are a number of living terrariums, full of natural and cultural materials collected from around the Americas that have been selected on the basis of their purported desirability. These materials include local epicurean delights, urban detritus and the distinct self-contained ecosystems that propagate around these. Also on view are a series of clockwork automata of biological anomalies and artificial confections in varying stages of mutation and putrefaction.