Silk Poems

Silk Poems , in its small, delicate package, is monumental in scope, in its place one part Jen Bervin’s larger research project and also in its wide-ranging suggestiveness. The material book itself has a shiny gray , garment-like and silken to the touch, imprinted with reproduced strands silk composed tiny letters. The pages filmy and transparent. Each page contains a and a small corner image a strand that loops into longer and longer strands throughout the book. Like all Bervin’s projects, this one is based on the fusion text and the material world, and on careful, extensive research (a short bibliography is at the end) and travel. She makes “interdisciplinary” seem narrow a word to describe the scope the work, and her singular fabrication wonder. The final pages include a description an exhibition that premiered the book, a year-long exhibition at MASS MoCA that included a video about a medical research project at University (biocompatible silk sensors to be placed inside the body), the through a microscope a one her poems on silk, and a reading the book. A “Research […]

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