Visual art &
Performance

"Life is Art & Art is Life"

Visual and performance artist Jessica van Deursen, designs lifestyles. With which she(/they) researches and shares through her art and blogs, how both the philosophical traditions of the art of living, and practicing ritual and experimental daily routines in her own daily life, can draw out durable solutions for present-day challenges such as climate change, and the world wide attenuation of social cohesion and knowledge about nature.

Modern Medicine

March 2020
As the global phenomenon influences the individual's life increasingly, one's research on how to live life in a poetical manner, automatically becomes a matter of how one should relate to the major contemporary crises

'Man hopes to stay well
by caging their smiles in public'


Materials: chicken fence wire, thyme, chamomile, cinnamon, red pepper, nettle, ginger, lemon, sage, dill, radish, orange, liquorice, pine tree, lungwort

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Latest project

Knotting New - In a pursuit of taking care of my hair in a more sustainable way, I research how man used to do the same throughout history [before the existence of shampoo in plastic bottles]. I design new hairstyles, which I photograph and wear during one year as a performance piece. The methods and knowledge I find, I share on my research blog Arty Farty Life

Re-Pharmacy

Mobirise

Unearthing forgotten knowledge

This installation presents an overview of every (minor) illness I had from 2020-2021, and the recipes and medicaments I applied to my own body to test their effectiveness.

Mobirise

Unearthing forgotten knowledge

This installation presents an overview of every (minor) illness I had from 2020-2021, and the recipes and medicaments I applied to my own body to test their effectiveness.

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Symbiose

Mobirise

Symbiose (2020)

During Victorian times, it was common, to create jewellery out of a deceased persons' hair;
'mourning jewellery', these pieces were called. At the height of this custom's popularity, merchants would even travel from village to village, to buy the hair of the less fortunate...

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Agenda

Re-Fashion

March 2022 - March 2023 | Performative research on sustainable fashion

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Dear Shapes in Space

Workshops and exhibit performance art in Rotterdam. Open call for the next edition fall 2022 opens between 1st of July - 31st of August 2022

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New workshops Creatieve Begaafdheid

In 2022, geven Lotte van Lith en ik nieuwe trainingen in creatieve begaafdheid 

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Radio Interview

Interview on the Publieke Omroep Amsterdam about my performances at This Art Fair and upcoming projects

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Performances 

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Alter Moderna

is the interdisciplinary art collective lead by Monique & Jessica van Deursen. Together we create musical performances. This winter, we will be recording our first studio album for all the music we've written

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