Jen Bervin

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Jen Bervin

Jen Bervin is an artist and poet whose research-driven interdisciplinary works weave together art, writing, science and life in a complex yet elegant way.  Her work explores the intersection of text and textiles in acts of reading, writing, listening through the lens of traditional craft and cutting edge technology.

Recent major projects include Silk Poems, a poem written nanoscale in the form of a silk biosensor in collaboration with Tufts University’s Silk Lab, and a new project in development in collaboration with Charlotte Lagarde in Suzhou, China. 

Bervin has published ten books, including Silk Poems and Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems with Marta Werner. Her work is the subject of solo exhibitions at the Des Moines Art Center, BRIC, and Granoff Center for the Arts at Brown University, and has been featured in exhibitions at MASS MoCA, The Power Plant in Toronto, and the Walker Art Center. 


Jen Bervin is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including The Rauschenberg Residency (2016), Asian Cultural Council Fellowship (2016), and a Creative Capital Grant (2013). 

Her work has been covered in media outlets such as Huffington Post, NPR, The Nation, LA Times, Artforum, Frieze, Hyperallergic, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, and can be found in more than thirty international collections, including Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Stanford University, Yale University, and The J. Paul Getty Museum. 

Bervin is a 2018 Artist in Residence at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, and a SETI Institute Artist in Residence, a program that facilitates a cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas between artists and scientists.


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