JAZMINA CININAS

The ever-changing figure of the female werewolf highlights the ongoing currency of this quintessential boundary rider as a barometer for shifting intersections between femininity, morality and the natural world in the popular imagination.

Cininas is fascinated by the multiple incarnations of this hirsute shape-shifter, from the Early Modern Era heretic werewolf/witches, through to ‘celebrity’ hairy wolf girls, to contemporary incarnations in film, fiction and popular culture.

The inherently transformative reduction linocut, whereby the plate is progressively cut into and destroyed while the print correspondingly becomes more complete, informs Cininas' medium of choice in these investigations. Repeatedly casting her net over the broad spectrum of female lycanthropy, She accesses a wide pool of sources while acknowledging her debt to earlier printed and visual representations of the mythical figure. In doing so, Cininas hopes to offer a counterpoint to the male gendered ‘celebrity’ of the werewolf, and draw attention to the longstanding (and often long suffering) history of women within lycanthropy.

Jazmina Cininas is a practicing visual artist, curator, arts writer and lecturer in Fine Art Printmaking who has exhibited regularly for over a decade both nationally and internationally. Her work is held in numerous state and national collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Australian National Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Alice Springs Art Foundation, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Silk Cut Foundation, Edith Cowan University, City of Banyule and the City of Fremantle collections.

Jazmina’s 2002 Masters exhibition "The Girlie Werewolf Project" and her current PhD project "The Girlie Werewolf Hall of Fame: historical and contemporary figurations of the female lycanthrope" reflect a long-standing fascination with representations of female werewolves as reflections of social change. As such, Jazmina’s research draws on a wide range of interrelated sources such as historical records of psychiatric and criminal cases, documented witch hunts and werewolf trials and other cultural references such as literature, folklore, cinema and the internet.

Education

2005 -

PhD; The Girlie Werewolf Hall of Fame: Historical and Contemporary Figurations of the Female Werewolf,  RMIT, city campus
2002 MA, Fine Art, Printmaking; Women and Wolves: Gender in Lycanthropy, RMIT, city campus
1992 - 95 BA Fine Art, Honours, Fine Art, Printmaking;RMIT, city campus

Selected SOLO Exhibitions

2007 The Girlie Werewolf Project: Heretics and Hirsute Heroines; PJP Centre for Australian Printmaking
2006 The Girlie Werewolf Project: Between the wolf and the dog; Impressions on Paper , Canberra
2004 The Girlie Werewolf Project: Dingo Variation; Fremantle Arts Centre
2003 The Girlie Werewolf Project; Switchback Gallery, Gippsland
2002 The Girlie Werewolf Project; Kauno Galerija, Lithuania; RMIT Project Space

Selected GROUP Exhibitions

2010 Pressing Matters, Jenny Port Gallery
2010 52, curator: Rona Green, Geelong Gallery
2009 Second International Sanbao Printmaking Exhibition; curator: Minna Resnick, Jingdezhen Ceramic University, China
2009 Stories Of Our Making; curators: Jan Davis & Travis Paterson, University of the West of England, Bristol; Tweed River Regional Gallery
2009 I Saw and Heard of None Like Me; curator: Rona Green, c3 Contemporary Art Space
2009 The Enchanted Forest: New Gothic Storytellers; curator: Jazmina Cininas, touring Morwell Regional Gallery, Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Tweed River Regional Gallery
2008 Re-Visioning Australia, Curator: Ruth Johnstone, Belfast Print Workshop Gallery, Northern Ireland
2008 Who let the dogs out; curator: Merryn Gates, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery
2008 Enchanted Forest: New Gothic Storytellers; curator: Jazmina Cininas, Geelong Gallery touring Bendigo Gallery, Shepparton Regional Gallery
2007 This is Not a Print Show; curators: Karen Lunn & Milan Milojevic, Plimsoll Gallery Tasmania, touring Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Gippsland Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie Art Gallery
  Antipodean Bestiary, RMIT Project Space
2006 The Idea of the Animal; Melbourne International Festival, curators Linda Williams & Suzanne Davies, RMIT Gallery
2006 Monsters; curator Rita Lazauskas, Albury Regional Art Gallery
2005 Grotesque: The Diabolical and Fantastic in Art; National Gallery of Victoria International
2005 Hurt Couture; curator: Christine Morrow; blindside
2005 Girls, Girls, Girls: Images of Femininity from the Banyule Art Collection; Banyule Art Gallery, Bendigo Art Gallery, Mc Clelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, Benalla Art Gallery
2005 Place Made: Australian Print Workshop; National Gallery of Australia
2005 New Wave; Port Jackson Press
2005 Pelt; RMIT Project Space
2003 Act XII; new works on paper (signature image); Victorian Arts Centre, UTS Gallery Sydney, Artspace SA

SELECTED AWARD EXHIBITIONS

2010 Silk Cut Acquisitive Award, Glen Eira City Gallery  
2010 Swan Hill Print Award, Swan Hill Art Gallery
2009 Silk Cut Acquisitive Award, Glen Eira City Gallery
2009 Shell Fremantle Print Award; Fremantle Arts Centre
2009 Geelong Print Prize; Geelong Gallery
2009 Hutchins Art Prize; The Hutchins School, Tasmania
2009 Burnie Print Prize, Burnie Regional Gallery, Tasmania
2008 Silk Cut Acquisitive Award, Glen Eira City Gallery  
2008 Shell Fremantle Print Award; Fremantle Arts Centre
2006 Silk Cut Acquisitive Award, Glen Eira City Gallery
2006 Shell Fremantle Print Award; Fremantle Arts Centre
2005 Geelong Print Prize; Geelong Gallery
2005 City of Perth Art Award; PICA
2005 Williamstown Festival Art Prize, Substation Arts Centre, Customs Wharf Gallery
2005 Hazelhurst Art Award, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre
2005 Darebin LaTrobe Acquisitive Art Prize; Bundoora Homestead
2004 Silk Cut Acquisitive Award, Glen Eira City Gallery
2004 Hutchins Art Prize; The Hutchins School, Tasmania
2004 Outback Art Prize, (2nd place) Broken Hill Regional Gallery
2004 33rd Alice Prize; (acquired) Alice Springs Cultural Precinct
2004 Williamstown Festival Art Prize, Substation Arts Centre, Customs Wharf Gallery
2004 Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast City Gallery
2003 Darebin LaTrobe Acquisitive Art Prize; Bundoora Homestead
2003 Geelong Print Prize; Geelong Gallery
2003 Hutchins Art Prize; The Hutchins School, Tasmania
2003 Hazelhurst Art Award, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre
2003 International Print and Drawing Exhibition; Silpakorn University, Thailand
2003 ROC 11th International Biennial Print & Drawing Exhibition; Museum of Taiwan
2003 Shell Fremantle Print Award; Fremantle Arts Centre
2000 Hutchins Art Prize; The Hutchins School, Tasmania
2002 Silk Cut Acquisitive Award, Glen Eira City Gallery
2002 Shell Fremantle Print Award; Fremantle Arts Centre
2001 Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast City Gallery
2001 Shell Fremantle Print Award; Fremantle Arts Centre
2000 Hutchins Art Prize; The Hutchins School, Tasmania
2000 Silk Cut Acquisitive Award, Glen Eira City Gallery (acquired)
2000 Shell Fremantle Print Award; Fremantle Arts Centre
1998 Geelong Print Prize; Geelong Gallery
1998 National Works on Paper, MPRG
1997 Shell Fremantle Print Award; Fremantle Arts Centre
1996 Shell Fremantle Print Award; Fremantle Arts Centre

selected awards

2004 Outback Art Prize - 2nd place
2002 Wyndham City Contemporary Art Prize – Grand Prize
1997 Print Council of Australia Artist Print Commission
1996 Collie Trust Scholarship for Emerging Printmakers

residencies

2004 Fremantle Print Award Residency, Fremantle Art Centre
2003 Summer Studios @ 66
2000 A&P Galaune House, Kaunas, Lithuania

selected bibliography

Jeffrey B. Snyder (ed)., "Jazmina Cininas", Printmakers Today, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, 2010, pp. 60-61
Anusha Kenny, The enchanted forest: new gothic storytellers (review), Artlink, Vol. 29, No. 2, 2009, p. 89
Project: Jazmina Cininas, Artist Profile, Issue 5, 2008, p. 98
Rebecca Cannon, Jazmina Cininas (interview), Artabase, December 31, 2008, http://artabase.net/public/blog
Sasha Grishin: Printmaker: Jazmina Cininas; Australian Art Collector, Issue 43, January-March 2008, p.320
Penny Webb, Fur and feathers in litho and lino, The Age: Metro, Thursday November 8, 2007, p. 21
Ruth Johnstone: ReVisioning Australia, Imprint, Vol 43. No.4, Summer 2008, p.p.22-23
Wendy Garden; Jazmina Cininas: A woman who runs with the wolves, Imprint, Vol 42, No. 3, Spring 2007
Megan Backhouse; Previews: Jazmina Cininas: The Girlie Werewolf Project: Heretics and Hirsute Heroines; Art Guide, October 2007
Emma Kirsopp; The Monstrous Encounter (Masters dissertation), School of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Tasmania, June 2007, eprints.utas.edu.au/1430/3/emma_kirsopp_master_thesis-whole.pdf
Sarah Tutton; The Idea of the Animal, Art & Australia; Vol 44. No.3, Autumn 2007, p.p. 330-331
Linda Williams; The Owl of Minerva and Recent Art; Eyeline; No. 56: Summer 2004/2005; p.p. 30-32
Wendy Garden; Girls, Girls, Girls; Banyule City Council; Melbourne 2005
Margo Anderson; Jazmina Cininas; Act XII: new works on paper; Victorian Arts Centre 2003; p.p.16-17
Pollyanna Sutton: The Girlie Werewolf Project: Jazmina Cininas; abc.net.au/arts/visual/stories/s613012.htm 30/07/2002

Collections

National Gallery of Victoria; National Gallery of Australia; Silk Cut Foundation; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; Art Gallery of South Australia; City of Banyule Regional Gallery; University of Papua New Guinea; Gladstone Regional Art Gallery; Customs House Gallery; Laurence Wilson Art Gallery, WA; Print Council of Australia; Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Jingdezhen Ceramic University, China