Plumage in Peril

Pausha Foley is a Santa Barbara-based painter and multi-media artist who works in pen and ink. Self-taught, she has developed her intimate style through years of exploration into the various forms of nature—and of the underlying currents of meanings and relationships between those forms.  

Her illustrations for Zócalo combine tight and intricate line work with loose, expressive strokes of vibrant color. The art resists easy interpretation: Are the birds depicted being protected by kind hands? Or are they held captive? Is a finch being tagged by a researcher or preservationist? Is …

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Paradise’s Charred Remains | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Paradise’s Charred Remains

A Photographer and a Writer Document Five Generations of Family Mementos After the 2019 Camp Fire

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Shadows Fall in a Moody City

Katherine Lam is a New York City-based illustrator, who grew up in the suburbs of Maryland. Her work, deeply influenced by movies and cinematography, plays with shadows and lights to …