Jen Bervin's work brings together text and textile in a practice that encompasses poetry, archival research, artist books, and large-scale art works. 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 is also completing a 230 ft. installation for a ceiling, River, a geocentric scale model of the Mississippi River in hand-sewn silver sequins.
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. A trade release of The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems is forthcoming from Christine Burgin / New Directions Press in October 2013.
Her work has been published in I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues Press 2012), The Sonnets: Translating and Rewriting Shakespeare (Telephone Books / Nightboat Books 2012), Figuring Color (ICA Boston/ Hatje Cantz, 2012), and is forthcoming in Mel Chin's Funk & Wag from A to Z (Menil Collection / Yale University Press), and Re-print. Appropriation (&) Literature from Luxbooks in Berlin.
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 will be a 2013-2014 Fitt Artist in Residence at Brown University. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Website address: jenbervin.com
Email address: jenbervin (at) mac (.) com
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