Jen Bervin


Jen Bervin

Jen Bervin is a Brooklyn-based 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 is currently completing the Silk Poems, written nanoscale on silk film and read as a projection with fiber-optic light. This project includes consulting nanotechnology and biomedical labs as well as over thirty international textile archives, medical libraries, and sericulture sites in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The project is supported by a 2013 Creative Capital Grant in Literature, a 2014 Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, and will premiere at MASS MoCA in May 2016.

Her work has been exhibited at venues like the Walker Art Center, The Power Plant, MCA Denver, 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 new project in China with the Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute on an innovative poem written and embroidered by Su Hui, a woman poet in the 4th century, has been selected through international nomination and jury for a Montalvo Arts Center Lucas Artists Program Fellowship.

Bervin has published nine books, including Nets, in its ninth printing, and 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 work receives support from Creative Capital and the Rauschenberg Foundation and has been covered in media outlets such as NPR, The Nation, LA Times, Artforum, Art in America, Frieze, and The New York Times.

She was a 2015 Fitt Artist in Residence at Brown University, and was recently named a 2016-2017 SETI Institute Artist in Research.