Jen Bervin


The River

 


Jen Bervin, The River.
Jen Bervin, River. Sequins on delta at the The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation Residency, 2012. Photo credit: Charlotte Lagarde.
Jen Bervin, The River.
Jen Bervin, River. Sequins on delta at the The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation Residency, 2012. Area of delta to the left has since been extended. Photo credit: Charlotte Lagarde.
Jen Bervin, The River.
Jen Bervin, River (Upper River, detail), Hand sewn sequins on tyvek, mull, and paper, 230 curvilinear ft.
Jen Bervin River
Jen Bervin, River. River delta in progress, Brooklyn studio, Fall 2013. Hand sewn sequins on tyvek, mull, and paper, 230 curvilinear ft.

 

Jen Bervin's installation, River, is a 230 ft. panoramic scale model of the Mississippi River composed of hand-sewn silver sequins that reflect and refract light. Installed on the ceiling, the piece shows the river mapped from the geocentric perspective. The viewing perspective is from inside the earth's interior looking up at the riverbed. Viewers can see themselves reflected in the piece as they move through the space.

It took the same amount of time to sew each section of river that it would to walk the real one. The piece concludes where the mouth of the river merges with the low-water areas of the delta in the gulf south of New Orleans. The scale is one inch to one mile. The piece is about two thirds of a football field in length, is on the verge of completion, and has never been shown in full.

 


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