Artic Helix


Scientists have limited knowledge about narwhals and have only recently recorded their vocalizations at length. My woodblock print depicts two narwhals entwined, one framed by ice and the other by water. It is intended to be a poetic interpretation of how global warming endangers ocean wildlife and causes species to vanish from their natural habitats.


Lyell Castonguay designed, carved, and printed this original artwork. Ink is applied to a carved wooden block and hand-pressed onto Japanese Moon Peach paper. Multiple carved blocks layer colors, resulting in a dramatic effect. The artist signed, titled, and numbered the edition in pencil below the image.

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