An Exploration of the Comic Book

In the early days of As Yet Untitled founder Rosie Sherwoods work focused on examining the comic book; its structures and narratives. These explorations resulted in a number of abstract comics, photographs, and sculptures that boil the comic down to its foundations.

The End

In The End Rosie Sherwood explores abstract comics. Working with the symbols that structure the comic books pages- the panels, gutters, speech balloons and symbols The End forms a narrative despite the abstraction and minimal content. The work asks questions of the reader: What is needed for something to be read as a comic? How does comic book reading work? Are the signs of comic enough to create narrative?

Limited edition created in the Letterpress Workshop at Camberwell College of Art using hand made wood block comic book symbols. 

The End is housed at The Poetry Library and was included in an exhibition of their collection in the Southbank Centre. 

Sold Out, copyright 2013

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This abstract comic explores some of the symbols that structure the comic books pages- the panels, gutters and speech balloons. ________ is recognisably a comic despite the minimalist abstraction and lack of content. The work asks questions of the reader: What is needed for something to be read as a comic? How does comic book reading work? Are the signs of comic enough to imply narrative?

Limited First Edition of 20 - Sold Out, copyright 2013



In the Gutter

In the comic book the “gutter” is the term given to the space between panels, the little strip of blank paper that acts as the border, the structure upon which the comic book narrative hangs. Comic book creators use the gutter as a way of constructing time, space and movement within the comic. The reader, in willing collaboration with the creators, takes the images either side of the gutter and transforms them into a single idea, projecting time, space, movement and more into the space of the gutter.

It was in exploring the ideas of space as time and time being contained within the gutter that Sherwood created this series of book works. Questioning how and if time might still be read if the content was removed, Sherwood created a series of works in different mediums (including paper and bronze) where all the reader is left with is space. By highlighting the gutter Sherwood created sculptural works that create a new understanding and reading of the comic book page. Likened to the skeleton of the comic these works both memorialise and monumentalise the comic book and comic book time.

 

In the Gutter - Limited First Edition of 5, sold out, copyright 2013

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 is the Creative Director of turn the page Artists Book Fair and Symposium. 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). In 2018 Sherwood began a yearlong aritsts' residency with the Marine Institute at Plymouth University. Her sculpture Akin was selected for the National Sculpture Prize at Broomhhill Sculpture Gardens.