Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects



Document Type



The concept of consciousness has perplexed humankind for thousands of years. Countless scientists, philosophers, and artists have devoted their lifetimes to solving humanity’s questions about our relationship with the world we live within. The creative arts, such as music, theater, and visual art, can facilitate critical thinking and meaningful interpersonal communication. This paper explores the visual artwork of the author, Sunny Shepherd, through examination of historical and contemporary artistic influences on the work, as well as the psychological and philosophical concepts that fuel it. Months of research, planning, and creating went into the manifestation of the final exhibition, Metamorphosis , which was open in Western Kentucky University’s Fine Arts Center Cube Gallery April 29-May 3, 2019.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Yvonne Petkus, Kristina Arnold, Chris Keller


Art and Design | Philosophy | Psychology