The Girl Mirage is Geena Matuson, award-winning Multimedia Director and Digital Producer working in media communications and digital 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), producing over 50 successful events with both the college and gallery exhibitions.
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 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 telling stories through the strange and surreal, written and spoken word and visual arts. 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.
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 is influenced by an interesting mix 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.
Some of her clients include Lucky’s Market, Christopher Eysie Custom Interiors, Randy’s Garage, TickleJuice, and Traveler Kit & Co. She’s written for such organizations and press outlets as Hometown Publications, Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance, 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. This year-long journey 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.
"In this antipodean play of identity, she challenges the viewer to examine her visual art as both a realm of dreamscapes and the possibility of the everyday. Her work speaks to the power of storytelling to elicit fantasy. It also examines femininity as both truth and performance . . ."
". . . 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."