Jen Bervin is an interdisciplinary artist and poet whose conceptually driven works weave together art, writing, science and life in a complex yet elegantly simple way.
Bervin’s work often reimagines the historic as contemporary at radically different scales. Drawn to the possibilities of language and literature and their political dimensions, Bervin explores acts of reading, writing, listening, often through the lens of textiles or traditional crafts, to facilitate cross-cultural encounter, exchange, and feminist critique. Her upcoming project in China, Su Hui's Reversible Poem, in collaboration with Charlotte Lagarde, has been selected for a LAP Fellowship from Montalvo Arts Center and a 2016 Mandarin Oriental Arts Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council.
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, currently on view at MASS MoCA. Bervin consulted over thirty international nanotech and bioengineering labs, textile archives, medical libraries, and sericulture sites in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, with the support of a Creative Capital Grant, a Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship. She is currently a SETI Institute Artist in Residence, a program that facilitates a cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas between artists and scientists.