Jen Bervin

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Art & Installations

  • Contents TheSilkPoems

    Nanoimprinted on silk film and read as a projection with fiber-optic light, The Silk Poems is an experimental work that takes this textile as its subject and form.

    The Silk Poems
  • Contents River

    Jen Bervin’s installation River is a reversal, a geocentric scale model of the Mississippi River in hand-sewn silver sequins. The scale is one inch to one mile. Fully installed, it is nearly two-thirds of a football field in length.

  • Contents SuHui MetailScheme

    A new project in development in Suzhou, China, on an innovative poem written and embroidered by Su Hui, a woman poet, in the 4th century B.C.E..

    Su Hui’s Infinite Poem
  • Jen Bervin, Silk Line

    In Jen Bervin's performative drawing Silk Line, she used a white pencil on glass to draw forms based on the filament pattern the silkworm makes in creating its cocoon.

    Silk Line
  • Jen Bervin and Christina Davis, This Object Has Been Removed, a collaborative installation at Harvard Museum of Natural History. Photographs courtesy of Christina Davis.

    This Object Has Been Removed, a collaborative installation, plays upon the trope of “removal” signage—which usually indicates that an object is on loan to another institution or is undergoing preservation treatment.

    This Object Has Been Removed
  • Contents Gridspace

    Over the course of a month, Jen Bervin made a large weaving directly onto Gridspace’s iron fence in Brooklyn.

    Weaving at Gridspace

Dickinson Projects

  • Jen Bervin The Dickinson Fascicles

    A series of large-scale embroideries, The Dickinson Composites depict the poet Emily Dickinson’s variant marks in her manuscripts.

    The Dickinson Composites Series
  • Jen Bervin The Dickinson Composites

    This artist book edition from Granary Books focuses on The Dickinson Composites, Jen Bervin's series of large scale embroideries on the poet Emily Dickinson's variant marks.

    The Dickinson Composites Edition
  • Contents GNTrade236

    The Gorgeous Nothings by Jen Bervin and Marta Werner is the first full-color facsimile trade book of Emily Dickinson's manuscripts.

    The Gorgeous Nothings Book
  • Contents GNEdition

    The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope-Poems by Jen Bervin and Marta Werner is a limited-edition artist book based on Dickinson's late compositions on envelopes.

    The Gorgeous Nothings Edition

Poetry & Artist Books

  • Jen Bervin, Nets (UDP 2014)

    A book created within a palimpsest of Shakespeare’s sonnets to yield crystalline and prescient new poems.

  • Contents Desert

    Each quietly monumental book has been machine-sewn "readily as glaciers," with over five thousand yards of pale blue thread, through chapters of John Van Dyke's The Desert, to yield beautifully strange new poems.

    The Desert
  • Contents SilverBook

    A long spare poem a few years in the writing, typed by the author on an Olympia de Luxe cursive typewriter found on Union Street in Brooklyn one summer.

    The Silver Book
  • Contents DraftNotation

    Bervin made the typed studies in the edition Draft Notation following intensive time spent weaving advanced cloth structures on the loom.

    Draft Notation
  • contents nbsp 1

    A cloud poem with intricate drawings, excisions, and typewritten text collaged on rice paper, created for web publication. The title comes from the HTML source code for a non-breaking space— —which preserves a blank space between words and simultaneously prevents a line break.

    A Non Breaking Space
  • contents the red box

    Modeled after Duchamp’s The Green Box, this edition poses questions about the limits of specificity in material, language, and art.

    The Red Box