Theory of Mind


I was inspired to create this work after reading that Magpies recognize their reflection in a mirror. Their ability suggests the Theory of Mind – which attributes mental states such as beliefs, intents, desires, emotions, and knowledge, among others, to oneself and others. Magpies join an elite group of animals, including Elephants and Dolphins, admired for both brains and beauty.


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.  The artwork is signed, titled, and numbered in pencil by the artist.

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