Australia 1940 – 2013
Nguiu, Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, natural earth pigments on canvas
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
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra