Jazmina Cininas: 23rd September – 13th October 2016

September 23, 2016October 13, 2016

Erzsebet was frequently mistaken for a vampire

Blood Moon Rising

Closing celebrations with the artist: Saturday 8th October 2-4pm

Jazmina Cininas is a Melbourne-based artist and printmaking lecturer at RMIT, best known for her technically demanding reduction linocuts. Blood Moon Rising is Jazmina’s first solo exhibition since completing her PhD project The Girlie Werewolf Hall of Fame in 2014, and builds upon her long standing exploration of female lycanthropy.

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Rima knows the curse of being born on Christmas Eve

Rima knows the curse of being born on Christmas Eve

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - reduction linocut, woodblock

70 x 56 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2005

$2,100.00 inc. GST

The Measure of Rahne’s X-Factor

The Measure of Rahne’s X-Factor

Jazmina Cininas

Mixed Media - Cyanotype

38 x 28 cm

Edition length: 2 A/P

Year of Print: 2016

$350.00 inc. GST

Blood Sisters

Blood Sisters

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - Reduction linocut

Blood Sisters is an homage to the cult trilogy, Ginger Snaps, following the coming of age of two Canadian sisters, Ginger and Brigitte Fitzgerald. Steam punk corsets reference the historical costumes from the third film, Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning, merged with the more contemporary themes of menstruation and narcotic addiction that are the key narrative devices of the first two films, Ginger Snaps and Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed. The purple of Ginger's corset matches the wolfsbane flowers which has the power to keep lycanthropy at bay, and to which Brigitte becomes addicted in Unleashed. The lady shaver, hockey stick, hypodermic needle and scars from self harm are all motifs appearing in the trilogy. A Warner's le Gant women's undergarment here serves a dual purpose: as an archaic ladies' sanitary belt and also resurrects the Early Modern lycanthropic girdle motif. The house in the background is a reference to the banal suburbia of Bailey Downs that sets the scene for the trilogy, while Brigitte's face paint integrates her into the mythologies and politics of Canada's first peoples, as portrayed in the final instalment, Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning.

69.5 x 56 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2016

$2,200.00 inc. GST

Black-breasted Buzzard

Black-breasted Buzzard

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - reduction linocut

While "harpy" is currently a derogatory term for a clasping, bad-tempered woman, when Hesiod wrote of harpies in 700BC, he described them as beautiful fair-haired women with wings, faster than the wind or birds. The buzzard has suffered similar poor press over the years, becoming a slang term for a cantankerous person. My portrait of the Black-breasted Buzzard (which is, in fact, a type of eagle) exploits the female allusions in the bird's name, to imagine a beautiful harpy from a time before the harpy's reputation was tarnished, which in turn offers a more sympathetic representation of the buzzard. The spelling "harpijca" is taken from Ulisse Aldrovandi's 17th century Monstrorum Historia which, despite being a compendium of curiosities and monstrosities, nevertheless illustrates the harpy as having a beautiful face with long flowing hair. The woodcut aesthetic borrows from a time of New World discovery, when monsters and marvels were believed to inhabit distant shores, seemingly confirmed when Australia's singular fauna turned European expectations and understandings of biology on their head.

30 x 21 cm

Edition length: 13

Year of Print: 2014

$600.00 inc. GST

Rumours persist of a cynocephalie race in the Antipodes II

Rumours persist of a cynocephalie race in the Antipodes II

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - Reduction

34 x 24 cm

Edition length: 17

Year of Print: 2014

$700.00 inc. GST

Each full moon, Sandie craves a Bloody Mary

Each full moon, Sandie craves a Bloody Mary

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - Reduction

54 x 34.5 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2013

$2,100.00 inc. GST

Kee-On-Ee was a trail blazer for her kind

Kee-On-Ee was a trail blazer for her kind

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - reduction linocut

She's been a long time coming, I know, but I'm very pleased to be able to introduce to you at last "Kee-On-Ee was a trail blazer for her kind", hot off the press. (The ink is still wet!) The model for this image is the actress Marie Walcamp, who played Kee-On-Ee in the silent film "The Werewolf", made by Canada's Bison Films way back in 1913. It was the very first werewolf film ever made, based on a story by Henry Beaugrand in which the Navajo Kee-On-Ee transforms her daughter, Watuma, into a werewolf so that she may exact revenge upon the invading white man. Sadly, the film was lost to a warehouse fire in 1924.

61.6 x 56 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2012

$2,200.00 inc. GST

Erzsebet was frequently mistaken for a vampire

Erzsebet was frequently mistaken for a vampire

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - reduction linocut

37.5 x 28 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2011

$1,200.00 inc. GST

Maddalena was a True Marvel in her Day

Maddalena was a True Marvel in her Day

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - reduction linocut

Maddalena Gonsalvus along with her sisters, Antonietta and Francesca, found favour as marvels in the courts of sixteenth-century Europe on account of their unusual hairiness. In an age of miracles and discovery, the novel and the exotic were viewed as demonstrations of divine wit and inventiveness. As such, a hirsute family at court could be justified as a show of piety, and a series of portraits in courtly attire suggest that the Gonsalvus family came to enjoy a measure of privilege and regard. Influential scholars such as Ulysee Aldrovandi were also drawn to the hirsute family, producing several works on paper and woodblock illustrations of the sisters.[br]I've manipulated Maddalena's hair so that it hints at wolf ears, while the background plant, the tomato, harks back to its Early Modern identity as lycopersicon lycopersicum, or wolf peach. Newly arrived in Europe courtesy of the conquistadors, the fruit was initially considered toxic and inedible and attributed with aphrodisiac and hallucinogenic properties, supposedly finding it favour amongst witches and werewolves. Even now, it's Latin name, Solanum lycopersicum, retains a reference to wolves. (Lyco meaning wolf). The flowers in the hair are from a related plant, Lobeira (solanum lycocarpum), also known as the wolf apple.[br]The canary is a reference to the Canary Islands, from whence Maddalena's father was captured as a child and brought to King Henry's court. The islands' original Latin name, Insula Canaria, actually means the Island of Dogs, the birds taking their name from the islands, not the other way around. The inhabitants were believed to have worshipped dogs. For more information on the Gonsalvus sisters, see Merry Weisner Hanks, The Marvelous Hairy Girls, Yale University Press, 2009.

39.8 x 40.4 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2011

$2,100.00 inc. GST

Micah is half of everything (else)

Micah is half of everything (else)

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - reduction linocut

Micah Wilkins must be one of the most complex female werewolf characters to find her way onto the printed page. The damaged, captivating and sometimes maddening (anti) heroine of Justine Larbalestier's 2009 novel 'Liar' is the latest inductee into my Girlie Werewolf Hall of Fame.

21.5 x 31 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2011

$700.00 inc. GST

White Fell’s eyes turned (green)

White Fell’s eyes turned (green)

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - reduction linocut

White Fell is the title character in Clemence Houseman's 1896 novella, "The Werewolf." A beautiful, independent woman with indeterminate accent, White Fell, turns up in hunter's furs at a farm hall in the midst of a snow storm. Soon afterwards, family members begin disappearing and the only clues are wolf prints in the snow. This predatory femme fatale, with her vaguely masculine clothing, unusual speed and strength, and decidedly non-maternal interest in children, has been interpreted as a manifestation of the anxieties - and aspirations - that surrounded the women's suffrage movement at the turn of the twentieth century.

20 x 15 cm

Edition length: 13

Year of Print: 2010

$495.00 inc. GST

Leah is no child of the moon (imprinted)

Leah is no child of the moon (imprinted)

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - reduction linocut

20.5 x 20.5 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2010

$600.00 inc. GST

Lilia embraces her family heritage

Lilia embraces her family heritage

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - reduction linocut

Lilia Aceves is a girl from a Mexican family in Loreto, Zacatecas, known for their rare genetic disorder called werewolf syndrome which causes them to be unusually hairy. Five generations of the Aceves family have been born with the werewolf gene, or extreme hypertrichosis (hirsutism). Lilia and her cousins, Larry and Danny Gomez have had careers in the circus, and have appeared on Fox Television's Guinness World Records as members of the world's hairiest family. Lilia has been described as a modern day Julia Pastrana - a Victorian 'freak show' celebrity touted as the missing link between man and beasts - however the 16th century Gonsalvus/Gonsalez sisters who found fame in the European courts are a closer match for Lilia and her condition. [br]The flowers in Lilia's hair are lupins (from the Latin 'lupinus', meaning 'wolf')and rue, a symbol of maidenhood (and a reputed werewolf repellant!). Apart from the wolf heads, Lilia's jewellery also features wolf claws, pentagrams and sickle moons. The text behind her head reads "La Loba Lilia" (Lilia the She Wolf).[br][br]For more information on Lilia and her family, go to www.circusfolks.com/apub/lili.html [br]http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=2258069&page=1[br]www.mymultiplesclerosis.co.uk/misc/wolfman.html

34 x 33.5 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2010

$1,200.00 inc. GST

Lydia’s humanity is mostly prosthetic

Lydia’s humanity is mostly prosthetic

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - Reduction linocut

Lydia Petze is a character from the Kirsten Bakis novel, "Lives of the Monster Dogs." In the novel, a mad, misanthropic inventor from Prussia hides out in the Canadian wilderness, breeding highly intelligent dogs for the purpose of creating an army of soldier dogs fiercely loyal to him. He teaches the dogs to walk upright and wear clothes, and gives them prosthetic arms and voice boxes so that they can speak and perform complex actions. The inventor dies however the dogs continue living as a community in the wilderness, maintaining their Prussian dress and manners, until they are discovered and taken to modern day New York. Here, they become instant, and much feted, celebrities, until things start going horribly wrong and the dogs regress to savage beasts. [br]Lydia, a white Samoyed, is the key canine heroine of story. Her 'brooch' is an heraldic amalgam of the Prussian eagle and the wolf rampant.

22 x 22.2 cm

Edition length: 52

Year of Print: 2009

$700.00 inc. GST

Maki is not afraid of werewolves, either

Maki is not afraid of werewolves, either

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - reduction linocut

20 x 20 cm

Edition length: 11

Year of Print: 2008

$600.00 inc. GST

Arline of Barioux, Auvergne 1588

Arline of Barioux, Auvergne 1588

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - reduction linocut

In Auvergne, France, in 1588, a hunter came to blows with a wolf and chopped off its forepaw, dropping the trophy into his sack. On his way home he passed a nobleman who enquired as to the hunter's luck. The latter offered up the wolf paw but was horrified to discover that it had transformed into a woman's hand. Worse still, the nobleman recognised the ring on the hand as belonging to his wife. He immediately stormed home to confront his lady, who was nursing her bleeding stump beneath her apron. The noblewoman was subsequently handed over to the authorities and burnt as a witch. The story was circulated as fact by Henri Bouget, chief witch hunter at the time, however no official records of the execution have ever been found.[br][br]The girdle worn by the wolf references a common method of werewolf transformation at the time. The Auvergne crest is in the top right of the image, and the various playing card motifs on Arline's robe alludes to the Auvergne deck, an early playing card design. Arline is holding mandrake, while the flowers beside her are henbane and hemlock, amongst the most common plants used in werewolf transformation potions.

65 x 48 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2008

$2,200.00 inc. GST

Ann of Meremoisa 1623

Ann of Meremoisa 1623

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - Reduction Linocut

In Estonia in 1623 alone, thirteen women were tried as werewolves. Among them was Ann from Meremoisa, a small town on the outskirts of Tallin (which can be seen in the distance of this image). Ann confessed to having been a werewolf for four years and was blamed for the death of a horse and some small animals, charges she always denied. She would reputedly hide her wolf skin beneath a stone in the fields.[br][br]The Estonian horse and European mink in this image are both native animals in the northernmost Baltic state, while the cornflower is the national floral symbol. Ann is holding mandrake, a common ingredient in werewolf potions. The river in the distance acknowledges one of the traditional sites of werewolf transformations.

62.5 x 43.5 cm

Edition length: 30

Year of Print: 2007

$2,200.00 inc. GST

One wolf girl battles against all mankind

One wolf girl battles against all mankind

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - Reduction Linocut and Wood Relief

This print pays homage to Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke (Monster Princess), one of Japan's most popular films of all time. The abandoned San is raised by wolf gods and vehemently identifies herself as a wolf, going on to champion the wilderness in the forest gods' battle against encroaching industrialisation. Clare Danes voices the environmental heroine in the English-dubbed version and it's her face that appears in this print. The red fruits are Chinese wolfberries.[br][br]Greater environmental awareness is forcing the civilised world to re-evaluate its relationship with the natural world, and the results are beginning to filter down into filmic and literary portrayals of werewolves. Of all beasts, the wolf most embodies our changing attitude to the wilderness; once something to be tamed and conquered, but now endangered and in desperate need of protection, making the once maligned she-wolf a popular pin up for environmental causes.

44.5 x 60 cm

Edition length: 22

Year of Print: 2007

$2,100.00 inc. GST

Else of Meersburg c 1450

Else of Meersburg c 1450

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - Reduction Linocut

Werewolves of the French-Swiss border in the early modern period were often accused of wolf-riding and weather magic. Around 1450 in the Swiss town of Meerburg, Else (a real woman) was tried for diabolic invocation, causing hailstorms and getting about on canine mounts. She and her wolf were both burnt at the stake. The various devices in the landscape are the standard tools of trade that were used in witch and werewolf trials that carried a charge of heresy.

24.5 x 35 cm

Edition length: 23

Year of Print: 2007

$850.00 inc. GST

Rahne dreams of saving the world

Rahne dreams of saving the world

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - Reduction Linocut

Rahne Sinclair, alias Wolfsbane, is a Marvel Comics character. A Scottish orphan, Rahne discovered her lycanthropy at puberty and was chased from her village in wolf form by an angry mob believing her to be possessed by the devil. Like her famous male counterpart, Wolverine, Rahne is a graduate of Xavier's School of Gifted Youngsters, a training ground for mutant superheroes. She appears in X-Factor II: New Mutants and Excalibur as a member of government sanctioned crime-fighting teams.[br][br]Jane Fonda in 'Barbarella' mode serves as the model for this print. The plant in the background is wolfsbane.

54 x 56.5 cm

Edition length: 18

Year of Print: 2006

$1,980.00 inc. GST

The asylum is no place for a werewolf

The asylum is no place for a werewolf

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - Reduction Linocut

One of the places that female werewolves turn up is in psychiatric literature, in case studies of women suffering delusions that they are wolves. In the nineteenth century an elaborate psycho-physical system was developed whereby women, with their capacity for childbirth, menstruation and lactation, were categorised as wet and cold, subject to leaking fluids and bodily transformations. The moon, also designated wet and cold, was believed to exert physical and psychological power over women, with the predictable result that lunacy was gendered female. [br][br]The gothic edifice in the background of this image belongs to the Fremantle Arts Centre (Western Australia), a former women's prison and lunatic asylum.

48.5 x 64.5 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 05

$1,800.00 inc. GST

Werewolves will sometimes play with dingoes

Werewolves will sometimes play with dingoes

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - Reduction Linocut

Oz is one of the few males to make it into the Girlie Werewolf Project. This resident werewolf on Buffy the Vampire Slayer is also a band member of Sunnydale's Dingoes Ate My Baby. The added reference to Lindy Chamberlain was just too good to pass up.[br]

27.3 x 26.3 cm

Edition length: 33

Year of Print: 05

$700.00 inc. GST

Angela Prefers the Company of Wolves

Angela Prefers the Company of Wolves

Jazmina Cininas

Linocut - Reduction Linocut

Angela Carter's anthology of short stories, The Bloody Chamber, borrows from archaic versions of popular fairy stories and draws conspicuous attention to the notion of the adolescent girl as liminal woman, a child on the cusp of adulthood. One of Carter's stories, The Company of Wolves, was made into a film by Neil Jordan in the 1980s. The film features a banquet scene, which draws on early modern urban legends of entire wedding parties turning into wolves. (In Lithuanian folk tales the best weddings would specifically invite werewolves to entertain the guests). The nuptial ceremony traditionally served to 'initiate' a maiden into womanhood; this 'transitional' status recommended weddings as sites for lycanthropic transformations. [br][br]Carter's model of the latent female werewolf, who first presents her lycanthropy at puberty, has been enormously influential in subsequent female werewolf literature and film.

49.5 x 47 cm

Edition length: 25

Year of Print: 2005

$1,980.00 inc. GST