Date: 2019
Edition: 5
Proofs: 3
Size: 36″x24″ (excluding margins)

I was inspired to create this piece after learning that Cuckoos secretly lay their eggs in other birds’ nests. This cunning animal behavior is called Brood Parasitism. A wren or warbler species often raises the Cuckoo’s young. The adoptive parents will continue to nurture the imposter to maturity, even when the size difference becomes comically apparent. Scientists don’t know why the relationship exists, and the behavior seems incomprehensible but fascinating.


Lyell Castonguay designed, carved, and printed this original artwork. Ink is applied to a carved wooden block and hand-pressed onto Thai Mulberry 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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