Jen Bervin


Jen Bervin

Jen Bervin is an interdisciplinary artist and poet whose conceptually driven works weave together art, writing, science and life in a complex yet elegantly simple way.

Bervin’s work explores acts of reading, writing, listening, often through the lens of textiles or traditional crafts, to facilitate cross-cultural encounter, exchange, and feminist critique. Her upcoming project with Charlotte Lagarde in China, Su Hui's Reversible Poem, has been selected for a LAP Fellowship from Montalvo Arts Center and a 2016 Mandarin Oriental Arts Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council.

Recent major projects include Silk Poems, a poem written nanoscale in the form of a silk biosensor in collaboration with Tufts University’s Silk Lab, currently on view at MASS MoCA. Bervin consulted over thirty international nanotech and bioengineering labs, textile archives, medical libraries, and sericulture sites in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, with the support of a Creative Capital Grant, a Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship. She is currently a SETI Institute Artist in Residence, a program that facilitates a cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas between artists and scientists.

Jen Bervin (born 1972, Iowa) is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including The Rauschenberg Residency (2016) and a Creative Capital Grant (2013).

Her work is the subject of solo exhibitions at the Des Moines Art Center, BRIC, and Granoff Center for the Arts at Brown University, and has been featured in group exhibitions at MASS MoCA, MCA Denver, The Power Plant in Toronto, and the Walker Art Center. 

She has published nine books, including Nets, The Desert, and Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems with Marta Werner. Silk Poems is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in Fall 2017.

Bervin's work has been covered in media outlets such as Huffington Post, NPR, The Nation, LA Times, Artforum, Frieze, Hyperallergic, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, and can be found in more than thirty international collections, including Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Stanford University, Yale University, and The J. Paul Getty Museum.