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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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 …

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A Chaos of Inky Monsters

Stefan G. Bucher is Zócalo’s editor for illustrations. He inherited his love for illustration from his father, a volunteer at the German city of Hannover’s Wilhelm Busch Museum, now the …

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A Picnic of Perils and Pratfalls

Joe Rocco is a New Yorker who now lives in Los Angeles. As a boy, he drew constantly, inspired by his heroes—cartoonists like Charles Addams, Gary Panter, Buddy Hickerson, and …

Ingeniously Engineered Bugs

Frieda Gossett grew up in Hygiene, Colorado. Shortly before graduating from ArtCenter College of Design, she began using leather as an editorial material—leading from portraiture to abstract representations of sharks, …