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A radiographer by profession, it was during her psychiatric internment that Lindsay Caldicott began to produce her collages of a myriad of duplicated fragments, carved with a scalpel and assembled with surgical precision. Her fractal universe is of a chromatic harmony ranging from grey to blood colors and from golden brown nuances to flesh color. Shown for the first time in 2018 by the gallery, four years after her death, the artist’s work is now part of several collections: the Fondation Francès, abcd/Bruno Decharme (France), and Treger-Saint Silvestre (Portugal).

portrait of lindsay caldicott - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1954 — 2014
Country Great Britain

Lindsay Caldicott, born in Leicester in 1954, was a technician in therapeutic radiography, trained since the age of 16 (in 1970) at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, where she stayed for four years, then, after a one-year stint in a kibbutz in Israel, working at the radiography unit of a hospital in the Netherlands (Leiden) in Amsterdam from 1978 to 1983, then again in Amsterdam, after her fine arts degree, from 1988 to 1990. From 1985 to 87 she studied at the Middlesex Polytechnic Fine Arts BA (first class degree).

Having been abused as a child, she suffered from serious psychological problems, which she managed to cope with until a more serious episode in 1990, which forced her to leave her job in Holland and return home to Leicester, at the age of 34. She spent most of the next 24 years in a psychiatric ward, until her suicide in 2014, after several attempts. She was diagnosed with manic depression and schizophrenia, suffering from a multiple personality disorder (dissociative disorder of identity) and obsessive compulsive disorder; she also suffered from alcohol addiction.

It was during her psychiatric hospitalization that this broken figure was able to reassemble the dregs of her past and achieve her greatest work. This effort was aimed at creating a higher order from the smallest hints of her existence, or simply to make peace with them. The resulting collages are principally constructed from myriad X-ray fragments, cut with a scalpel and assembled with surgical precision into geometric forms composed from obsessively repeating shapes, interspersed by aesthetic accidents, that appear both ordered and chaotic. Lindsay Caldicott’s fractal universe is of a chromatic harmony that cannot be denied, the colors ranging from grey to blood red and from bronze to the color of flesh, a clear representation of the artist’s prima materia. Ocassionally, architectural details or geometric elements contribute to the vertigo of her forms.

Artworks
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untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2000
11.42 x 16.54 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2000
11.42 x 16.54 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2000
16.54 x 23.23 in
3 heads - © christian berst — art brut
3 heads, 1997
23.23 x 33.07 in
self-portait in hospital bed (wearing Pyjamas) - © christian berst — art brut
self-portait in hospital bed (wearing Pyjamas), 1998
11.42 x 16.14 in
untitled (self portrait) - © christian berst — art brut
untitled (self portrait), 1997
16.54 x 23.23 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2000
23.23 x 33.07 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2000
23.23 x 33.07 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2000
16.54 x 23.23 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2000
23.23 x 33.07 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2000
13.78 x 13.78 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2000
33.07 x 46.06 in
Catalog
Lindsay Caldicott x ray memories
Catalogue published to mark the exhibition *Lindsay Caldicott : x ray memories*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2018. - © christian berst — art brut

Preface : Marc Lenot
Forewords : Christian Berst.
Catalogue published to mark the exhibition Lindsay Caldicott: x ray memories, from October 13th to November 24th, 2018.

Exhibitions
A ppr oc he art fair
Lindsay Caldicott, Hotel Richelieu. From November 8 to 10, 2019.
galeristes #3
art fair, Le Carreau du Temple. From November 30 to December 2, 2018.
lindsay caldicott
x ray memories, at the gallery. From October 13 to November 24, 2018.
exhibition view of *lindsay caldicott : x ray memories*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2018. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
christian berst art brut booth *salon approche*, hôtel le molière, paris, 2019. - © gregory copitet, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *lindsay caldicott : x ray memories*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2018. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Press review
is there such a thing as outsider photography?
Claire Margat, Artpress. May 22, 2020.
le filaf s’invite à paris
Serge Bonnery , L’indépendent. March 31, 2020.
a ppr oc he , l’attestation d’une recherche image multiforme
Christian Gattinoni, Lacritique.org. November 19, 2019.
approche 2019 : expérimentations et déconstructions
Anaïs Viand, Fish Eye Magazine. November 9, 2019.
les expositions à voir en marge de paris photo
Oscar Duboy, Admagazine. November 7, 2019.
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paris, objectif photos
Clémentine Mercier, Libération. November 4, 2019.
art-newspaper
Christian Berst, Artnewspaper édition Française. July 18, 2019.
de quoi l’art brut est-il le nom ?
Christian Berst , Artnewspaper édition Française. July 1, 2019.
lindsay caldicott, l’iconographie de l’inconscient faite collage
Christian Gattinoni, La Critique.org. December 26, 2018.
lindsay caldicott : effets du rayonnement
élisabeth Quin, Madame Figaro. November 23, 2018.
lindsay caldicott chez christian berst art brut
Philippe Dagen, Le Monde. November 2, 2018.
lindsay caldicott, avec un x majuscule
Marc Lenot, Blog Le Monde Amateur D’art Par Lunettes Rouges. November 1, 2018.
Collections
Francès Fondation
France
abcd / Bruno Decharme collection
France
Treger Saint Silvestre collection
Portugal
Carmen and Daniel Klein collection
Switzerland
Antoine Frérot collection
France
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Emmanuelle and Guy Delcourt collection
France
Lindsay Caldicott

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