The Girl Mirage is Geena Matuson, award-winning Multimedia Director and Digital Producer with a background in new media marketing and communications, writing, film and traditional arts. In 2013, Geena graduated from Massachusetts College of Art & Design with a BFA in Film/Video and academic honors, also receiving the annual Award for Excellence in Liberal Arts.
While at university, Geena held a two-year term on the MassArt Activities Council (MAC Board), gaining experience in event planning with both the college and gallery exhibitions. She has produced over 50 successful events, adding to her skills with film and creative production.
Geena’s expansive works have been featured in festivals and gallery shows internationally including CyberArts Festival, Architecture Boston Expo, and PH21 Gallery in Budapest. Among her list of accolades, Geena received the One To Watch Award at Red Wasp Film Festival for her film My Big Bad Wolf (2013), was nominated for a Stowe Story Labs Fellowship, and was a semi-finalist in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards for her short film Ice Cream For Breakfast (2013), which she wrote, directed, and produced. Recently, Geena’s work has been featured in collaborative project The Coorain Calendar, now part of the Boston Athenæum’s permanent collection.
From an early age, Geena has been influenced by the pairing of art and storytelling. A deep interest in semiotics and psychology, Geena’s personal work often evokes a sense of synaesthesia, and even a sense of humor. Largely an auditory learner, sound and rhythm play a central role, and a focus on symbolism and dreams add to the experimental and often surreal nature carried throughout the body of her work, creating a holistic experience.
She is influenced by an interesting mix of of creatives including Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Edward Gorey, Virginia Woolf, Edvard Grieg, Brazilian jazz, Jean-Luc Godard, French New Wave Film, The Mighty Boosh, pilgrims, Dadaism, Marxism, Feudalism, Occultism, and a few other -isms that may have gone overlooked.
In early 2016, Geena was elected to the Board of Trustees for Medfield Memorial Public Library, striving to both promote technology and educate others in new media. Soon thereafter, she received several Certificates of Specialization in Business Analytics with Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania online.
Her passion for organizing is one of the reasons she’s able to be so prolific, motivated by a strong desire to share stories that shine a light on societal perceptions. She favors concision and a clear vision, allowing her to create controlled abstraction. When working on projects, she often starts with an inundation of media or assets, paring down to streamline content and make a clear statement.
Some of her clients include Lucky’s Market, Christopher Eysie Custom Interiors, Randy’s Garage, TickleJuice, and The Traveler Kit & Co. She’s written for such organizations and press outlets as Hometown Publications, Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance (BLAA), as well as for her clients.
Recipient of the Masa Israel Grant in early 2017, Geena is preparing for her upcoming Masa Israel Teaching Fellowship, which will be directly followed by her attendance in the Arts Journalism Masters program at Syracuse University's Newhouse School.
Currently, Geena is working on post-production for her comedic video series 'Fauxmercials' while also creating content for an online shop.
". . . a multi-media innovator whose surreal work layers the body, overlapping one figure with the next to create fractured prisms. Matuson’s practice often explores genderless and dual-gender characters."
". . . it’s Matuson’s openness to all creativity that draws me in as well as her obvious dedication and work ethic. She’s not afraid to label herself as a specific kind of artist, but then with the same clarity she can challenge herself with a new art form, style or genre."