Metamorphosis & transformation

Let’s talk metamorphosis, mythology, fables, fairy tales & folklore – with renowned print makers Jazmina Cininas & Deborah Klein.

The artists will talk about their work and monstrous hybrid influences from werewolves and folk tales, as part of the new RMIT Gallery exhibition My Monster: The human animal hybrid (29 June – 18 August).

For over two decades Jazmina Cininas has been charting the various incarnations of the female werewolf as a vehicle for her printmaking practice, best known for its technically demanding reduction linocuts. She has exhibited her ongoing Girlie Werewolf Project throughout Australia and in Lithuania, and has also presented papers on female werewolves at international conferences in Philadelphia, Budapest, Oxford and Manchester. Her artwork is in many public collections, and her werewolf light installation ‘What Big Teeth You Have’ projected onto RMIT Storey Hall was a crowd favourite at the 2017 White Night Melbourne.

Deborah Klein has been researching fairy tales and folk tales for many years, and although her fascination with the tradition of woodland myth and allegory dates from childhood, it has lately become the primary focus of her visual work, beginning with the Moth Women nearly a decade ago, a suite of small-scale paintings of women whose faces are partly concealed by elaborate moth-like masks.

Her work is represented in public and university museum collections throughout Australia. Her exquisite prints are informed by literary influences ranging from Beast to the Blonde, by Marina Warner, a history of fairy tales and their tellers, the novels and short stories of Angela Carter, including The Magic Toyshop, and The Bloody Chamber, the latter a collection of fairy tales, retold with dark, wicked humour and incisive feminist twists, as well as the Virago Book of Fairy Tales, edited by Carter.



Exhibition29 Jun – 18 Aug 2018

My Monster: The Human Animal Hybrid

My Monster: The Human Animal Hybrid explores our enduring fascination with the merging of the human and animal, and coincides with the…