Garden Beasts

In this series of intimate reduction woodcut portraits, Koehler explores the beneficial insects and arachnids observed in her gardens. While most every insect and spider serves some function in the garden landscape, she focuses specifically on the creatures who aid in the development of a healthy and productive garden with the humble understanding that the primary driver of such spaces are the humans, the gardeners who cultivate them. However, where most gardeners come to appreciate if not love their pollinating helpers and eight-legged pest controllers, much of the rest of humanity sees such beasts as scary, disgusting or creepy. This body of work seeks to destigmatize the garden beasts we rely on in an effort to expand humanity’s understanding of the spaces we have designed within the modern world we have created for ourselves.