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Jean Baptiste APUATIMI | Jikapayinga

APUATIMI, Jean Baptiste
Australia 1940
Jikapayinga 2007
natural earth pigments on canvas
160.0 (h) x 200.0 (w) cm
Purchased 2007
NGA 2007.181
© Jean Baptiste Apuatimi

Jikapayinga (female freshwater crocodile) live in waterlily place. My husband taught me to paint jikapayinga, that cheeky crocodile. She look after her baby, that why she jump out of water. I never go in boat on freshwater, I’m frightened she might jump and grab me. Long ago my husband was hunting and fishing when a big crocodile jumped out of the water and grabbed his arm. He save himself. He grab that inside part and pulled. That crocodile let go and died. He didn’t want to eat that crocodile. He been chuck him away.

Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, 2007