Jen Bervin


Jen Bervin

Jen Bervin is a visual artist and writer whose works combine text and textiles with conceptual elements and a minimalist’s eye for the poetic and essential.

In conjunction with Tufts University’s Silk Lab, Bervin recently completed the Silk Poems, written nanoscale in the form of a silk biosensor. This project included consulting over thirty international nanotech and bioengineering labs, textile archives, medical libraries, and sericulture sites in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The project is supported by a Creative Capital Grant in Literature, a Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, and is currently on view at MASS MoCA.

Her work has been exhibited at venues like the Walker Art Center, The Power Plant, and The Eli and Edythe Broad Museum, and is held in more than thirty international collections, including Stanford University, Yale University, and The J. Paul Getty Museum.

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.

She has received fellowships from Creative Capital, The Rauschenberg Residency, MacDowell Colony, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Visual Studies Workshop, Camargo Foundation, and Brown University. Her work has been covered in media outlets such as Huffington Post, NPR, The Nation, LA Times, Artforum, Frieze, and The New York Times.

Bervin has published nine books, including Emily Dickinson: The Gorgeous Nothings, with Marta Werner, named a Best Book of the Year by Hyperallergic, The New Yorker, and Times Literary Supplement.

Jen Bervin is currently a SETI Institute Artist in Residence, a program that facilitates a cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas between artists and scientists.