A PhD gave Jazmina the novel opportunity to create, imagine and represent the female werewolf in her various historical and contemporary guises.
My PhD research formed the natural next step from my Masters project, “Women and Wolves: Gender in Lycanthropy” (also undertaken at RMIT), broadening out from an autobiographical focus to encompass wide-ranging histories, mythologies and narratives of aberrant femininity.
Through exhibitions, my artworks have the potential to expose audiences to new ways of thinking about monstrosity, otherness and the feminine.
“I have had a longstanding fascination with figurations of the female werewolf, and how the changing mythology of the female lycanthropy reflected shifting attitudes towards women, the natural world, Otherness and the monstrous.
“I chose RMIT as I have a longstanding association with the university, and was confident of the quality of supervisory support I would receive throughout my candidature.
“My search for the female werewolf led me through the heart of France which suffered more werewolf trials during the Early Modern era than anywhere else, through Transylvania where every public squares boasts a statue of the She Wolf suckling Romulous and Remus, to Ambras Castle in Innsbruck which houses the portraits of the first recorded cases of Werewolf Syndrome (extreme hairiness), Cachtice Castle in Slovakia, in which the notorious she-wolf Erzsebet Bathory was imprisoned in her tower, the Werewolf Pines of Latvia where one can transform into a werewolf on selected Thursdays, the Kongla Ann memorial stone in Estonia - the only known memorial to a female werewolf and Zverincius animal park in Lithuania where I was finally able to stroke the fur of a real wolf.
“In uncovering forgotten narratives and reimagining the female werewolf, the portraits and writings that I have produced contribute towards the growing field of mythography, particularly re-evaluations of the monstrous in contemporary society. I have already produced chapters for forthcoming publications that respond to greater popular and academic interest in the