Jessica Leinen, born in 1987 in Berlin, studied sculpture and time-based media at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (University of Fine Arts) in Hamburg under Mat Mullican and Ceal Floyer. She completed her studies in 2016 with a master’s degree. Since then she has been living and working in Hamburg and Berlin. She has presented her work since 2009 in various exhibitions and projects in Hamburg, Berlin, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Beirut, Zurich and Tel Aviv. In 2014 she was awarded the Artist Researcher Award from the Cluster of Excellence/Max-Planck-Institute.
Jessica Leinen’s works explore encounters between scientific methods of factual verification and everyday phenomena of irresolvable prodigiousness. This approach is undertaken primarily in the realms of drawing and sculpture, whereby the materials and technology she employs alternate between classical pencil drawings and ceramics, but also objects of everyday use, laboratory supplies and building materials.