Familiar Territory


Release Date: 2023
Edition: 14
Proofs: 1
Image Size: 10″x8″ (excluding paper margins)


Crows are a regular part of rural life, thriving where I live.  I frequently hear them outside calling back and forth to each other in the tall pines and see them sweeping the agricultural lands for food.  One day, I saw a group walking among dandelions in a hayfield.  The visual inspired me to create this artwork.  I titled the piece Familiar Territory because crows quickly adapt to their surroundings, and their extended family groups are numerous.


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

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