Burned journals 1992-2012; 15 borosilicate glass tubes with mirrored text, 2 rectilinear handblown glass vessels.
25"h x 18"w x 6"d
River is a scale model of the Mississippi River from the geocentric point of view (from inside Earth’s interior looking up at the riverbed). Hand-stitched at a scale of one inch to one mile, the work took twelve years to make. Bervin points out that it took “the same amount of time to sew each section of river that it would take to walk the real one.”
Silver foil-stamped cloth sequins, metallic
thread, silver mulberry paper, mull, and Tyvek
230 curvilinear feet; 100 x 20 feet installed
Courtesy of the artist
The Sea, 2021
Artist book. Digitally printed spreads from John Van Dyke’s The Opal Sea (1906) on handmade grey abaca and cotton paper, zigzag stitched with metallic silver thread, hand-bound in a punched abaca cover with mylar insert.
8 1/4 x 11 x 2 inches
The Composite Marks of Fascicle 28, 2004-2008
The Dickinson Composites Series is comprised of stitched composites of the variant marks American poet Emily Dickinson used in her manuscripts to link alternate words and phrases. These marks and the original line breaks were often omitted by editors for print editions, and Bervin describes The Dickinson Composites as being “aligned with mending, restitution, and the deeper gesture that Dickinson’s poems and variant marks make.”
Cotton and silk thread on cotton batting backed with muslin
6 x 8 feet