I am Decatur #18

Noah Grigni

“In “Twin Planets,” I used symbolic colors and shapes, gendered poses, and written narratives to communicate the feeling of gender dysphoria. I chose to work in the format of a diptych because I wanted to illustrate the duality of trans-masculine and trans-feminine experiences, without equivocating the two experiences or emphasizing either above the other.”

Noah Grigni has a clear vision of what he wants to accomplish with his life. He is focused, tenacious, and passionate. He is also an individual who speaks eloquently from the heart and with the wisdom of someone who has lived far beyond his 20 years. Noah is an illustrator, designer, and writer. Noah grew up in Decatur, but is now living in Boston where he is studying visual narratives, a major which combines illustration and creative writing, at Lesley University.

“I’ve been drawing and writing for as long as I can remember. As I was growing up, art was a way for me to channel the gender dysphoria I felt into something tangible that I could control. I am a trans man, and I transitioned from female to male when I was at Decatur High School. As I hit puberty and became increasingly uncomfortable with my female body, I retreated from my social life and became extremely invested in my art. As I transitioned and my life stabilized, I began viewing art as a discipline rather than a crutch. That is when I decided to become a professional artist.”

“My goal as an artist is to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities and to become a role model for trans kids. My hope is that my art will reach an audience of trans kids and show them that there is beauty in being trans. You can transition and still live a happy life full of creativity and love. Coming out was hard, but it freed me in so many ways. As someone who’s had the privilege to transition at a young age, I feel it’s my responsibility to give back to the trans community, because my gender identity is what got me into art in the first place. I am currently illustrating Gender Identity Workbook for Kids by Kelly Storck, a book for trans kids who come out before the age of 12. It has been inspiring to work with people who share my values, and I am so grateful for this opportunity to create art which is relevant to my community.”






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