Sonya Lacey

Aotearoa New Zealand

Edit, tabloid (2)

  • 2018
  • Washed and collaged newspaper, conservation tape
  • Purchased 2021
  • 649 x 519mm
  • 2021/189

Sonya Lacey often focuses on the history of printing and forms of communication, creating a poetic relationship between water and print. Several years ago, she had the opportunity of filming a disused swimming pool in the basement of the St Bride Foundation located on Fleet Street in London.

The Foundation was built as a place for workers in the London newspaper printing industry to relax and socialise and in the twentieth century, Staff from the nearby Fleet Street printers would immerse themselves in this murky swimming pool after work, washing off the news of the day. For Edit, tabloid (2), Sonya washed sheets of newspaper until the content dissolved, turning newsworthy images and articles into abstract forms, and she then collaged these together to create a new version of the daily tabloid. This idea and process emphasises the fluidity of language and the instability of information systems.

(Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection, 6 August 2022- )

Exhibition History