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Matthieu Bourel is a talented collage and digital French artist currently based in Berlin, Germany. His work based on the fantastically surreal images and the diversions resulting from various visual combinations. Bourel combines traditional cut and paste collage techniques with digital editing and animation. Matthieu describes his process as finding pictures and photographs that spark inspiration.

Power of images and their combinations. Therefore all kinds of diversions. As well in music, sounds or films. Playing with elements, to make it mine.

In Collage, I like to watch every picture as the point of departure for a story. Various durations, gathered in one. to evoke a fake history or inspire nostalgia for a period in time that never truly existed. Sometimes further to a decision. Mostly random.

the obsession of collecting disparate images from books, old magazines and other found material becomes as much a part of the emerging image as the mark-making. A piece often becomes about the search and desire to combine those emergent narrative symbols that seem charged with a familiar yet distant emotion.

When successful, all the elements fall together with irony and tension while all other realities are obliterated, leaving the viewer as participant inside the picture, with his own codes and connections. The image then carries the weight of a personal reality. Most important, the final image actually gains a significant evocative quality I could not have expressed in any other way.

-Matthieu Bourel