“Eglė and the She-Wolves”

M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art

Eglė and the She-Wolves is the first solo exhibition in Lithuania by Australian artist Jazmina Cininas since 2002. The Melbourne-born daughter of Lithuanian refugees, Jazmina still identifies strongly with her ancestral heritage, incorporating many Baltic motifs and themes into her work. For over two decades, Jazmina has been creating linocut portraits of female werewolves from throughout history and has more recently begun creating artists’ books from found materials such as used business envelopes, redundant encyclopaedia illustrations and packaging, recycled into narratives of transformation, migration and re-imagination.

Eglė and the She-Wolves presents a survey of Jazmina’s technically demanding female werewolf portraits alongside her more recent books. Source material for the books was largely gathered during a 2017 residency at the Estonian Printing and Paper Museum in Tartu, supplemented by decommissioned books from the Melbourne-Lithuanian library, and the steady stream of bills from the artist’s letterbox.

Jazmina Cininas has been shortlisted for numerous works on paper prizes and has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Her artwork has been acquired by many significant public collections including the Australian National Gallery, the Vilnius Art Museum and MARKK ethnographic museum in Hamburg, Germany. Recent solo exhibitions include: Tell Tail at Australian Galleries, Melbourne; Enter the Lair at Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia; Hell Hunt and the Slippery She-Wolf at the Estonian Printing and Paper Museum; What Big Teeth You Have at RMIT Gallery for the 2017 Melbourne White Night Festival; and Blood Moon at the Salamanca Arts Centre, Tasmania as part of the Stranger With My Face International Horror Film Festival. Her work was included in Pasaulio Lietuva: kūrybos horizontai at Vilnius Town Hall in 2018. Jazmina lectures in printmaking and book arts at RMIT School of Art, Melbourne, Australia. She is also a member of the Melbourne-Lithuanian folkloric group Pamesta Klumpė.