Visual Arts as a Tool for Phenomenology


  • Anna CohenMiller Nazarbayev University



arts-based research, arts-informed research, participant voice, visual arts, drawing, art elicitation techniques, transcendental phenomenology, graduate student mother, DocMama, mothers and art, gender


In this article I explain the process and benefits of using visual arts as a tool within a transcendental phenomenological study. I present and discuss drawings created and described by four participants over the course of twelve interviews. Findings suggest the utility of visual arts methods within the phenomenological toolset to encourage participant voice through easing communication and facilitating understanding.


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Author Biography

Anna CohenMiller, Nazarbayev University

Anna S. COHENMILLER, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. Specializing in interdisciplinarity and arts-based qualitative methods, her research centers on gender, diversity and access. Current research includes such topics as interdisciplinarity in collaborative teams, the gendered nature of organizations, and recruitment/retention of graduate student parents in academia. COHENMILLER is also the Founder of The Motherscholar Project and Editor-in-Chief of Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy.




How to Cite

CohenMiller, A. (2017). Visual Arts as a Tool for Phenomenology. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 19(1).



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