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Jen Bervin’s poetic and multidisciplinary work results from research and collaboration with artists and specialists ranging from material scientists to literary scholars. Her practice engages in a process of trying to understand irreducible complexity, and activates the intersections of art and scholarship as well as text and textiles. The work ranges from poems written at the nanoscale to large-scale museum installations.
Bervin has published six projects with Granary Books, and is the author of eleven books, including Silk Poems—a long-form poem presented both as a biosensor made from liquefied silk developed in collaboration with Tufts University’s Silklab and as a book—a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and a New Museum Book of the Year. Her publication, Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems, with Marta Werner and Susan Howe, first published as a limited edition by Granary, was a New Yorker Book of the Year. Bervin’s work has been exhibited internationally at University Museum and Art Gallery at Hong Kong University; Artisterium, Tbilisi; The Power Plant, Toronto; the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art Denver; The Morgan Library and Museum, New York; MASS MoCA; Des Moines Art Center; Granoff Center for the Arts at Brown University; Rhode Island School of Design; Tufts University Art Galleries; and The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, and is in more than thirty collections including Yale University, Stanford University, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and The J. Paul Getty Museum.
Jen Bervin has received fellowships, residencies, and grants in art and writing from the Bogliasco Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Creative Capital, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell Colony, Visual Studies Workshop, Center for Book Arts, Camargo Foundation in France, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.