Jen Bervin


Jen Bervin

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

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

She is currently completing The Silk Poems, written nanoscale on silk film and read as a projection with fiber-optic light, to premiere in May 2016 at MASS MoCA in the exhibition "Explode Every Day" curated by Denise Markonish and Sean Foley.

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

Her new project in Suzhou, China, on an innovative poem written and embroidered by Su Hui, a woman poet in the 4th century, is supported by a Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency Program fellowship at Montalvo Arts Center.

Bervin has taught at Harvard University, Yale University, and Brown University, where she was a 2015 Fitt Artist-in-Residence. Bervin's work receives support from Creative Capital, the Rauschenberg Foundation, and many others.