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 her series In the Gutter. Questioning how and if time might still be read if the content was removed, Sherwood explored the comic structure in different mediums, cutting away until all the reader is left with is space. By highlighting the gutter Sherwood created sculptural works that develop 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, Copyright 2013
In the Gutter (Bronze) - One off Edition (Three piece sculpture), produced in the Camberwell Foundry, Copyright 2013
In the Gutter- Photograph on aluminium, direct to media print, available for sale in three sizes, please email for further details.