Jazmina Cininas is a Melbourne-based artist who lectures in printmaking and artists’ books at RMIT School of Art. For over two decades, Cininas has been charting the various incarnations of the female werewolf as a vehicle for her printmaking practice, completing her PhD research project, ‘The Girlie Werewolf Hall of Fame: historical and contemporary figurations of the female lycanthrope’ in 2014.
Since completing her MA in 2002, Cininas has exhibited her ongoing Girlie Werewolf Project throughout Australia and the Baltic States, and has also presented papers on printmaking and female werewolves nationally and at international conferences in Philadelphia, Budapest, Oxford, Manchester and Estonia.
Her artwork is in many public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, the Victorian Arts Centre, Broken Hill Regional Gallery and the Alice Springs Art Foundation. Her curatorial projects include Enchanted Forest: New Gothic Storytellers, which toured to significant regional galleries throughout Victoria and NSW between 2008-2009, and founding the RMIT Printmaking Summer Residency in 2004. Residencies include Fremantle Arts Centre, the Art Vault and Tartu Artist in Residence at the Estonian Printing Museum.
While best known for her technically demanding reduction linocuts, recent developments in Cininas’ practice include a series of artists’ books from recycled materials signalling a conscious decision to engage with a more sustainable art practice through the use of recycled materials.
Performance also forms part of her repertoire, as vocalist and lyricist for the printmaking band, the Press Gang.