Multisensory Museum: Matana Geraghty

A blurry painted portrait of a girl. She wears a red dress as she stares towards the viewer. Her hair is pinned up.

Jean‑Jacques Henner. Head of a Girl, unknown. oil on cardboard, Overall: 26.7 x 21.6 cm.Bequest of John Paris Bickell, Toronto, 1952. © Art Gallery of Ontario 51/30


@ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

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Multisensory Museum: Matana Geraghty

Friday, September 10, 11 am
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How can artists and designers create more multisensory experiences? OCADU Graduate Students in response to an Inclusive Design Multisensory Museum Course share their co-creative process of translating artworks in the AGO collection into multisensory objects. Students explore a wide variety of techniques to create an inclusive gallery experience in a series of Multisensory Museum Moments.

Matana Geraghty presents an inclusive sensorial translation of Head of a Girl by Jean-Jacques Henner (c.1800s). She strives to allow the audience to grasp the emotion of the artwork mainly through the sense of touch, especially in regards to how the subject of the artwork may be feeling. A multisensory translation of the art piece will allow those with limited senses to undertake the exploration of Henner’s Head of a Girl. Matana involves multiple textures that are represented by each object in the artwork. This will provide the viewer with a better understanding of the artwork's composition and inspire emotional responses to the artwork.

A photography of Matana. She stands in front of a hedge. A nondescript white object can be seen behind her. She wears aviator glasses, hoop earrings and a white shirt that is unbuttoned. Her hair is wavy and blonde.


Matana Geraghty (she/her) is a mixed media artist based in Toronto, Canada. Throughout her final year of her Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts Media and Design at OCAD University, she is continuing to create a voice through art practice for those with special needs, disabilities, and other challenges.


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