1985 Born, Iwate, JAPAN
2013 Attended, Santa Monica College, Los Angeles
A Japanese Artist who was born and rased in Shizukuishi Iwate, JAPAN in 1985. After a life changing tragedy of ski accident which made him paralyzed from the shoulders down because of the spinal code injury, Takayuki Matsumine made study abroad to Los Angeles California USA in 2012 attending to Santa Monica College, and that opportunity surrounded by sensational environments living in LA inspired him to make a decision to become an artist.
Born in Shizukuishi, Iwate prefecture in Japan surrounded by beautiful environment filled with vivid change of seasons, Takayuki Matsumine has grown up with rich inspiration from nature and strong influence of grandparents who took over the inheritance of local folk crafts from early childhood.
In the age of 16, the fatal ski accident and destruction to the cervical spinal cord has changed his life dramatically where he started to face against the value of life with holding intermixed emotion of desire to live and suffer from living daily life. And still the suffer from fatal accident is giving energy to ignite his motivation.
After suffering from that fatal accident, I was able to bring my unspread routine perception and action of everyday life onto the surface of the conscious mind. “Ordinary” simply disappeared from my daily life due to the instability of my body and living conditions. One piece of chocolate was placed on a table, which I stared at as it slowly changed texture by the surrounding temperature. One piece of chocolate thrown into my mouth, which I needed assistance with from another person. When going through those processes you have a sense of vision, hearing, smelling, and tasting in your conscious mind, your perception of one piece of chocolate would become precise and special.
“I can say that it’s easier now to avoid ordinary life since I only have active functions from my neck up such as my brain and nerves.”
On another front, there is no limit to my intellectual curiosity, expression, and inquisitive mind toward everything including ordinary things and senses as well as cutting-edge technology and science. Those expressions sublimate and are seized back to the conscious mind. As a result, expressions are reviewed thoroughly and updated in new ways.
That accident has given me many things so now I can think of that accident as a “perfect moment”. Even though I lost my physical function, my mental function has been still drawn to the gravity flow of the fluctuating present.