Home > Research > Publications & Outputs > 100 Rooms- Painting as a Means of Phenomenologi...

Electronic data

  • 2023changphd

    Final published version, 75.3 MB, PDF document

    Available under license: CC BY-NC-SA: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

Text available via DOI:

View graph of relations

100 Rooms- Painting as a Means of Phenomenological Investigation of Being-there

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Publication date2023
Number of pages205
Awarding Institution
Award date9/10/2023
  • Lancaster University
<mark>Original language</mark>English


I use oil painting portraits as a method to explore how we understand ourselves and others in our daily life through the theories of Heidegger and Taoism. Fifty-five students from twenty countries at Lancaster University were involved in this study which took an anthropological ethnographic fieldwork approach. I went into their rooms and met face- to-face to record their life stories and create portraits. Through my research, I found that this in-person art-making process can generate powerful emotional connections beyond words, eliminate stereotypes and racial discrimination. This artistic process is an “in-between” that can connect technology and humanity. The awareness of this “in-between” combined with the method of art-making provides not only a theoretical visualisation, but a powerful tool for ongoing investigation of racial, class and cultural diversity.