The works of Jessica van Deursen bring about an exchange between the body and mind by exploring her physical and mental capabilities in often very testing performances, but also by designing new rituals and lifestyles for basic daily needs like eating, hairdressing, clothing and engaging in romantic relationships. She researches forgotten ancient European traditions, knowledge and crafts. By testing practices in her daily life for longer periods of time, she creates contemporary applications that allow for a more sustainable, minimalist and (ecologically) conscious ways of living. Her life becomes the subject of research, and her art her way of living. This is a lifelong undertaking she calls LevensKunst (Art of Living).
Her works occur as performances, objects, installations, photographs and video. In 2016 she was rewarded the Young Talent Grand by the Mondriaan Foundation for her work. Furthermore, she teaches performance art, interdisciplinary art and fine arts at a.o. Willem de Kooning academy, Codarts, Novilo and Art-S-Cool.