Artist Feature: Matthieu Bourel

Editor Shenyah Webb, Art, February 8th, 2016

A bizarre fusion of a bygone era and a not too distant future.

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I’m hypnotized by the meticulously spliced work created by Matthieu Bourel. While creating his captivating pieces, he listens to electronic music that he has composed alongside sound samples from his favorite movies. This pairing becomes relevant in the results of his creations. “When successful, all the elements fall together with irony and tension while all other realities are obliterated, leaving the viewer as a participant inside the picture, with his own codes and connections… The image then carries the weight of a personal reality.”

There is a certain magic here.

Pieces of dream sequences, a story with gaps only the viewer can connect. I make my connection, convinced that I’m a subject of a mind-control experiment. I trace memories of lives I have never lived and lives I have almost forgotten. I channel pain, emptiness, and curiosity. I become lost in a realm of something familiar yet dissonant.

To add to the cinematic effect of Bourel’s work, I have included a track created by him under the name Electric Kettle. Take a listen while viewing his gallery of works.

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Matthieu Bourel art and gif artist feature nailed magazineMatthieu Bourel is a collage and digital artist born in France in 1976. He is also a musician under the name Electric Kettle. His artworks are represented by Masters Projects, NY. Bourel has held several group and solo exhibitions and has worked with several publications including Zebule Magazine, The New York Times, Stylist France, among others. He currently lives and works in Berlin.


Shenyah Webb

Shenyah Webb is a Portland-based visual artist and musician. She has been with NAILED Magazine since its inception in 2012 and has served as the Arts Editor and a Contributing Editor since its launch in 2013. A Detroit native, she attended The College for Creative Studies, where she focused on Fine Art and Industrial Design. She is currently enrolled in a Somatic Expressive Arts Education and Therapy training program, studying under Lanie Bergin. You can learn more about Shenyah here. (