A visual artist and a writer, Bervin earned a BFA in studio art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA in English, creative writing, and poetry from the University of Denver. Her artists books have been published in limited editions and online; they present collaborations between the written word and her interpretations as a visual artist. She has worked with textiles and erasures, creating from, and with, Emily Dickinson’s fascicles, Shakespeare’s sonnets, and, in The Desert (2008), blue thread and the text of John Van Dyke’s 1901 The Desert: Further Studies in Natural Appearances. Her works include The Red Box (2004), Nets (2004), the web-only A Non-Breaking Space (2005) from Ugly Duckling Presse, and The Dickinson Composites (2010).
Bervin’s pieces are in collections at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and the J. Paul Getty Museum.
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