Imelda (Yukenbarri) Guguman

When Imelda (Yukenbarri) Guguman was a small child she walked into old mission with her mother, accomplished painter Lucy Yukenbarri. At the mission, she lived in the dormitories for a number of years and was looked after by the nuns. She has fond memories of this time. Imelda attended the government school at Balgo until 1969 and then lived for a short time in Beagle Bay. It was there she met her husband. They started a family and then moved back to Balgo. They had four children. When her husband later passed away, Imelda  lived in Mulan for a short time before returning to Balgo, where she lives now.

Over the years, Imelda spent a lot of time with her mother and painted alongside her every weekend. It was during these times that Lucy explained to Imelda the importance of passing on the stories they were painting. Imelda has since passed them on to her children. Imelda and her sisters, Carmel, Christine and Kathy, continue to carry on the legacy, stories and painting style of Lucy Yukenbarri.

Courtesy of Warlayirti Artists

Language Group
Kukatja