The Subtle Trace of Fate


Release Date: 2016
Edition: 6
Image Size: 19″ x 13″ (excluding paper margins)


Gianni Verna of Nuova Xilographia in Turin, Italy, requested an image for a tribute show dedicated to the poet Guido Gozzano.  Verna’s organization mounted an exhibit at the Castle of Agliè to celebrate the centennial of the poet’s death.  Although Gozanno only lived to be thirty-three, his work brought him acclaim and admiration at an early age.  He is still one of the country’s most recognized writers.  A passage inspires my print in one of Gozzano’s most famous works, Absence.


This original artwork was designed, carved, and printed by Lyell Castonguay.  Ink is applied to a carved wooden block and hand-pressed onto Kitakata 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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The pool is resplendent.  And stilled
are the frogs.  But there flashes a spear
of blue ember, bright emerald
lighting: the kingfishers here…


Below is an article about the Gozzano exhibit in the Italian magazine ARCHIVIO, which features my image, Harbinger. Click the image for a high-resolution version of the text.