Zeph Fishlyn is a multidisciplinary visual artist and activist dedicated to personal and collective storytelling as nonlinear tools for reinventing our world. Zeph’s public projects, drawings, objects and installations nurture alternative narratives by questioning, dreaming, distorting, celebrating and demanding. Their most recent work explores sources of resilience in the face of structural violence. From 2011-2015, Zeph focused on creative responses to the SF Bay Area's economic and housing crisis, in collaboration with grassroots groups like the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and Heart of the City Collective. From 2007-2010 Zeph worked as a researcher, illustrator and storyteller with the Beehive Design Collective's True Cost of Coal graphics campaign, an intricate portable mural and workshop developed in collaboration with Appalachian grassroots organizations that has traveled to hundreds of cities in the US and internationally.
Parallel to their creative life, Zeph has spent years fighting for real-world change in movements struggling for social and economic justice and queer liberation. When these two strands overlap, collaborative radical stories come to life in the form of political graphics and films, street theater, and creative intervention.
Zeph is an MFA Candidate in the Art and Social Practice program of Portland State University.