20 Questions: Zeph Fishlyn
- Why is it so hard to justify the time I spend on making/planning/practicing/
thinking about art? Who am I justifying it to?
- Who cares about what I’m doing? Whose caring matters?
- What would I make/do if I lived alone in the woods?
- How much of myself gets to show up in a work? How much am I holding a framework for others?
- When is participatory or service-oriented art just another way of avoiding being seen?
- What is the right amount of self-expression that invites others to express themselves too?
- How do I invite meaningful exchange without being deadeningly “serious”?
- How do I develop a practice that draws from both gut and head?
- When it is important to “push through” something that feels hard, and when is it important to relax, wait, and listen for what is quiet and tentative?
- What kinds of creative work bring me closer to the sensory world and things that feed me?
- When does art make my hands and heart tingle?
- How do I bring this into my daily practice?
- What questions am I asking myself in this work? What questions am I asking others?
- Will working on this project deepen connections to people and things I care about?
- How much screen time will this project demand, vs. hands-on work and in-person interaction?
- How does this project connect me to questions that people in my community are invested in?
- How does this project connect me to grassroots organizing? How does it support, or not support, wider efforts towards collective liberation?
- In what ways are my experiences of privilege and marginalization showing up in this work? How can I leverage those experiences, and in what ways do they expand or limit what I’m able to accomplish?
- How is an artist’s “outsider” position liberating and strategic? How is it alienated and ineffective?
- When should I just put all this creative energy into hosting a great BBQ?
To learn more about Zeph’s work, go here.