Hello! I’m Debora Faccion Grodzki, an artist and art historian. I consciously started making art in 2017 when I noticed the importance of defining myself as an Artist too. Before that, I dedicated my whole adult life to studying art and artists, and I used to have many unrealized desires and ideas for making art. My first memories of knowing myself as an artist go back to when I was nine years old, and I was dreaming about the possibility of creating a specific kind of paint that would have the color and texture of my favorite bubble gum. That wasn’t simply a silly idea; that was a recurrent desire that populated my mind with sculptures, clothes, and house utensils that I would create with such paint that never came into existence! In the 1990s, if I had lived in an art center like New York City, I might have encountered artworks that would provide a context for my dreams. But I lived in a small town in the countryside of Minas Gerais in Brazil, and I had no idea where to start. Add to that the limited definitions that I received of what an artist is – a painter, a musician, maybe a writer – and how one becomes an artist – by going to art school or going crazy, lonely, and poor! – It took me moving to other countries and getting a Ph.D. in Art History to gather enough references and experiences of what being an artist means to finally, confidently say, “I’m an Artist Too!”
Now that I’m at this point in my life and see the innumerable gains of cultivating my art practice, I want to extend my work to others who, like me, will benefit from having a safe context to express their creative lives. I’ve created You Are an Artist Too to provide you with a starting point – if you need one. You Are an Artist Too is an online place where you can stop and reimagine how you will frame your art-making while knowing that no matter where we are, nowadays, we don’t need to be in New York City or any other city center to access (and make!) excellent and revolutionary art.