50.5803° N, 3.7551° W explores Rosie Sherwoods personal experiences of walking on Dartmoor. Dartmoor is a landscape of duality; it draws one in and remains with you long after you have left. 50.5803° N, 3.7551° W expresses the opposing elements that come together to make up the experience of walking in the moor, the detail and the expanse.
50.5803° N, 3.7551° W is a tunnel book made by combining layers of a single photograph of Hay Tor on the moors with the contour lines of the Ordinance Survey map depicting that same site. The image is a close up: a rock face, grass, moss and heather. These are the details, the elements that linger in ones mind after walking. The final page is the only complete copy of the photograph used, but look at the book head on and you can see the image in its entirety, the contour lines burrowing through every page of the book. These same contour lines are repeated on the cover of the clamshell portfolio box. There is an intimacy in art particularly relevant to book art, which lends itself to the expression of personal experience while also inviting active reading. The title, 50.5803° N, 3.7551° W, invites this interaction by offering the exact longitude and latitude of the book's location, as though tempting the audience to search for the rock face depicted, a search that in the end is too exacting for success.
50.5803° N, 3.7551° W was published in 2017 in a limited edition of 5.
Rosie Sherwood is an artist, scholar and independent publisher. At the heart of Sherwood’s interdisciplinary practice is a fascination with time and a desire to tell stories. In 2012 Rosie Sherwood founded As Yet Untitled and Elbow Room, successfully crowd funding to expand the publishing company in 2015. Sherwood graduated from Camberwell College of Art with an MA in Book Arts in 2013. She has delivered conference papers and University lectures across the country. Sherwood has taken part in both group and solo exhibitions as well as artist book and small publishers fairs. Sherwood’s works can be found in special collections including The Poetry Library, Tate Library and Archive and the National Libraries of both Victoria and Queensland (Australia).