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, 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 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 most recent publication, a trade release of The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems, co-edited with Marta Werner (with a preface by Susan Howe) from Christine Burgin / New Directions, made "Best Books of 2013" lists in The New Yorker and The Times Literary Supplement and Hyperallergic.
Current research for her Creative Capital project, The Silk Poems includes consulting nanotechnology and biomedical labs, medical libraries, and over fifty international textile archives and sericulture museums. She has a new book, Draft Notations, forthcoming from Granary Books this spring.
Jen Bervin has received fellowships in art and writing from Creative Capital, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, Centrum, The MacDowell Colony, Visual Studies Workshop, The Center for Book Arts, and The Camargo Foundation in France.
She teaches at VCFA and will teach a Black Mountain College inspired workshop, “Thinking in Situations” at Harvard University this spring. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and will be a 2014 Fitt Artist in Residence at Brown University.
Website address: jenbervin.com
Email address: jenbervin (at) mac (.) com
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