Jen Bervin's work brings together text and textile in a practice that encompasses poetry, archival research, artist books, and large-scale art works. Her work has been shown at The Power Plant in Toronto, The Walker Art Center, The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, The Soap Factory, and Temple Contemporary, and is in more than thirty collections including Yale University, Stanford University, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and The J. Paul Getty Museum.
Her artist books include Draft Notation (2014), The Gorgeous Nothings (2012), The Dickinson Composites (2010), and The Desert (2008) from Granary Books, and The Silver Book (2010), A Non- Breaking Space (2005), and Nets (2004) from Ugly Duckling Presse. Her trade release of The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems, co-edited with Marta Werner (preface by Susan Howe) published by Christine Burgin and New Directions, made "Best Books of 2013" lists in The New Yorker and The Times Literary Supplement and Hyperallergic.
Current research for her project, The Silk Poems, an experimental book nanoimprinted on silk film, includes consulting nanotechnology and biomedical labs, medical libraries, and over fifty international textile archives and sericulture museums.
Jen Bervin has received fellowships and residencies in art and writing from the Bogliasco Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Creative Capital, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell Colony, Visual Studies Workshop, Center for Book Arts, and Camargo Foundation in France. She is on the core MFA faculty at VCFA and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She will be a 2015 Fitt Artist in Residence at Brown University.
Website address: jenbervin.com
Email address: jenbervin (at) mac (.) com
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