The central idea of this collection is change. Facilitated through the metamorphosis of a lotus, each piece parallels the human life cycle. Humans do not go through as drastic of a physical change as a lotus does, but we do go through tremendous emotional changes as we grow; an evolution of self. Beginning as children and transforming into adults, we are able to mentally change, regardless of our physical age; a way to break free from our life cycle, which a lotus is incapable of. The chronological progression of this collection moves step by step through the life cycle of a lotus flower. Lotus’ go through tremendous physical change which is reflected in the differences in the state of the flower between piece 1 and 9. Humans also go through a physical change during their life cycle. But, what truly separates the human metamorphosis from a lotus, is our ability to change our emotional self. The way I portrayed this unparalleled human quality is through diversity in the medium and style of my pieces. There is a strong contrast between pieces 5 and 11. Our dramatic emotional changes are affected by our environment. None of the backgrounds of my pieces are the same which shows the importance and impact of the environment on the evolution of self. In pieces 1,7,8, and 10, two or three flowers, in different stages, are pictured together to show the significance of other people's influence. In my final piece, 12, the same image of a seed pod was created to replicate each style and medium I used throughout the collection. The purpose of this is to emphasize the idea that our emotional self constantly changes regardless of our chronological age.