Lyell Castonguay
Hive, 2014
Woodcut on paper
19″ x 16″
Edition of 9
$1,125 unframed/$1,500 framed


Castonguay, tasked with illustrating the concept of individual success while climbing the social ladder, created Hive using a group of non-specific bird forms. The swarm performs aeronautical feats in an effort to gain upward mobility and to outshine their neighbors. Each is struggling to rise in the pecking order; however, the true object of their desire, the worm, is buried deep below the pile. It begs the question as to what those at the top of the pile gain and lose as their status increases. Castonguay overprinted two woodblocks to create Hive.