"The Girlie Werewolf Hall of Fame" and "Black Swan"

Solo exhibitions by Jazmina Cininas and Danielle Hobbs

Final weeks for two solo exhibitions exploring hidden female histories through the iconography and narratives of shape-shifting. Jazmina Cininas presents a sweeping visual survey of historical and contemporary female werewolves, re-imagined as meticulously layered reduction linocut portraits. Danielle Hobbs crafts exquisite transformative garments for ‘bad’ mothers and their children.

Art Exhibition previously on at Maroondah Art Gallery in Other Metro Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 21 March 2014 to Saturday 17 May 2014

Jazmina Cininas: Each full moon Sandie craves a Bloody Mary (2013) image Danielle Hobbs: Echidna jacket 2013 image Danielle Hobbs: Fight or Flight 2013 image Danielle Hobbs: Mermaid legs 2013 image Danielle Hobbs: Transformation (the Animal Wife) 2013 image Jazmina Cininas: Maddalena was a True Marvel in her Day (2011) image Jazmina Cininas: Christina sleeps on both sides of Grandma's bed (2010) image

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In Gallery 1 of Maroondah Art Gallery, Melbourne printmaker Jazmina Cininas presents The Girlie Werewolf Hall of Fame, the culmination of eight years of PhD research at RMIT. Cininas’ portraits draw on references as diverse as early modern woodcuts, Baltic folklore, Victorian gothic literature, comics and contemporary cinema, bringing to light the often overlooked yet fascinating narratives of female werewolves. Individual biographical wall plaques accompany each work within the exhibition, offering insights into the fascinating lives and iconography behind the portraits.

Gallery 2 features Black Swan, a solo exhibition by Danielle Hobbs offering a poetic response to the Mildura-based artist’s first-hand experience of post-natal depression.

Created over the course of her Masters degree at RMIT, Hobbs’ poignant wardrobe includes a boy’s jacket armoured with a hood of echidna quills, a girl’s feather-lined capelet with protective tooth collar, a transformative black swan jacket for mothers-in-crisis and a thorn-encrusted maternity bra. Talismans, amulets and other garments suggesting escape through transformation complete the artist’s wardrobe. The works in Black Swan make manifest Hobbs’ escape fantasies—not as stigmas of ‘failed’ motherhood, but rather as hopeful coping mechanisms that enabled her to overcome her darkest moments.

Location

Maroondah Art Gallery, Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood, Victoria Australia