Sex, Death and Art after 50?
For a woman, turning 50 can be a life changing experience. A turning point, a place in the road where she thinks…”I just can’t keep going along this same path.” It is a pivotal place where all that was in her – life, children, work, partnership, career, serving others in countless ways – no longer serves HER. This first may come as a whisper, a disgruntled-ness with life around her. And it may get louder, in the night or during the day, but it comes from somewhere deep in her Soul, an oft hidden dark and secret place begins to open. And once it does, like a tsunami, there is no stopping it. And she, even tho she could, doesn’t want to stop it. Instead, she seeks to climb atop the wave, to feel the water rushing, to feel the wind and light moving her outward into a new way of seeing the world – her world – and into a new way of expression of which, even she, is uncertain.
And so, an exploration begins – a journey into aging – facing life and death and exploring sex and art at an age when I finally have the freedom and courage to peer into those hidden places that my youth or mid-life wouldn’t permit. Seeing what each holds and how they feed each other, draw together, push apart and what lies in the experience.
I am Luna Ulric-Taylor – developing artist and craftswoman. In 2009, at age fifty my life exploded and in fourteen months I lost both my parents, my partner of 15 years, my family and my job. Just two years previously I had changed jobs and left what had been my home of 25 years, left a job I held for 18 years, and re-located to North Carolina. These past three years have been a deep journey into self, my “Dark Night of the Soul” and the regeneration and new life and perspective that has come from this incredible opportunity.