Jen Bervin

Jen Bervin

Art & Installations

  • Contents TheSilkPoems

    Silk, as a material, is compatible with body tissues; our immune system accepts it on surfaces as sensitive as the human brain. In conjunction with Tufts University’s Silk Lab’s cutting edge research on liquified silk, Jen Bervin wrote a poem fabricated nanoscale in the form of a silk biosensor.

    Silk Poems
  • Bervin Contents River

    Jen Bervin’s large-scale installation River is a hand-sewn geocentric model of the Mississippi River in  silver sequins.

  • Content Su Hui

    Su Hui’s Reversible Poem (a video installation in progress) focuses on a poem written by Su Hui, a Chinese woman poet in the 4th century. Her embroidered poem, "Xuanji Tu”, can be read in any direction to yield nearly 8,000 possible readings. 

    This collaboration between Jen Bervin and Charlotte Lagarde produced by Violet du Feng focuses on how contemporary Chinese women experience this complex poem, both as a literary work and as a textile.

    Su Hui’s Reversible Poem (in progress)
  • Jen Bervin and Christina Davis, This Object Has Been Removed, a collaborative installation at Harvard Museum of Natural History. Photographs courtesy of Christina Davis.

    This Object Has Been Removed, a collaborative installation, plays upon the trope of “removal” signage—which usually indicates that an object is on loan to another institution or is undergoing preservation treatment.

    This Object Has Been Removed
  • Contents Typed Studies

    In these short videos by Jen Bervin based on Anni Alber's texts, she explores "new terms in the vocabulary of tactile language.” 

    Tactile Language
  • Contents Gridspace

    Over the course of a month, Jen Bervin made a large weaving directly onto Gridspace’s iron fence in Brooklyn.

    Weaving at Gridspace

Poetry & Artist Books

  • Contents Silk Poems Book
    Silk Poems Book
  • WORK DNBOOKFOUR 10detail

    Bervin made the typed studies in the edition Draft Notation following intensive time spent weaving advanced cloth structures on the loom.

    Draft Notation
  • Jen Bervin, Nets (UDP 2014)

    A book created within a palimpsest of Shakespeare’s sonnets to yield crystalline and prescient new poems.

  • Contents Desert

    A quietly monumental artist book inspired by James Turrell's Roden Crater, sewn through chapters of John Van Dyke's The Desert.

    The Desert
  • Contents SilverBook

    A long spare poem a few years in the writing, typed on an Olympia de Luxe cursive typewriter. The silver cover stock paper is the same as that used as a substrate in the installation River.

    The Silver Book
  • contents the red box

    Modeled after Duchamp’s The Green Box, this edition poses questions about the limits of specificity in material, language, and art.

    The Red Box

Dickinson Projects

  • Contents GNTrade236

    The Gorgeous Nothings by Jen Bervin and Marta Werner is the first full-color facsimile trade book of Emily Dickinson's manuscripts.

    The Gorgeous Nothings Book
  • Contents GNEdition

    The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope-Poems by Jen Bervin and Marta Werner is a limited-edition artist book based on Dickinson's late compositions on envelopes.

    The Gorgeous Nothings Edition
  • Jen Bervin The Dickinson Fascicles

    A series of large-scale embroideries, The Dickinson Composites depict the poet Emily Dickinson’s variant marks in her manuscripts.

    The Dickinson Composites Series
  • Jen Bervin The Dickinson Composites

    This artist book edition from Granary Books focuses on The Dickinson Composites, Jen Bervin's series of large scale embroideries on the poet Emily Dickinson's variant marks.

    The Dickinson Composites Edition