Megumi Umetsu (Illustrator)
From an early age, Megumi was always interested in expressing herself through drawing pictures.
Her father was an physician in obstetrics and gynecology while her mother was a nurse, so she was familiar with certain realites of life even from childhood. Her parents never married, but their relationship was very happy.
Megumi’s father passed away suddenly-which changed her life completely. She relocated after his death, and faced severe bullying almost daily. The loss of her father and the suffering she endured due to bullying and her overall environmental change depressed her and led to low self-affirmation of her life and existence. She thought she could express herself, not through words, but through pictures. After moving again, she began having more fun in the new place, yet she noticed she was not feeling she was where she needed to be. When feelings came to her, she represented them through pictures. She wanted to expand the range of her expression, so she entered the Department of Fine Arts at Home Economics University. After transferring to the university, she became frustrated and suffered a mental breakdown.
At that time, she found for the first time she could not draw at all.
Her medical condition forced her between life and death. When she had this near-death experience, the world made her feel that it is full of energy and that everything is in harmony with what is contradictory. She wanted to share the duallity of the world, which had been taught to her by things unseen.Invisible things had taught her the world had two sides, which she wanted to share. The pictures springing from inside her brought forth a unique view of the world.
The picture became her whereabouts and showed the way. She is now the mother of two children, after receiving an ADHD diagnosis herself.
She is evolving as an artist, in authenticity between living and dying, contuinuing to draw and believing in the power that art has.