1956 . leicester. united kingdom

2004 . leicester. united kingdom

Lindsay Caldicott trained as a therapeutic radiography technician at the age of 16. After a stay in Israel, she worked in the radiography department of a Dutch hospital from 1978 to 1983, then again from 1988 to 1990, in Amsterdam, after successful studies of fine arts at Middlesex Polytechnic in London. Having been abused as a child, she suffered from serious mental health problems, which she managed to cope with until a more serious crisis in 1990. This event forced her to quit her job in Holland and return to Leicester; she was 34 years old. She spent most of the next 24 years in a psychiatric hospital, until her suicide in 2014. Her medical record indicates that she was manic-depressive and schizophrenic, suffering from a multiple personality disorder (dissociative disorder of the identity) and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It was during her hospitalization that she started to create. Ordered in geometric sets crossed by accidental elements, entangled and obsessively reiterated shapes, her collages are mainly made of a myriad of fragments of X-rays, cut with a scalpel and assembled with surgical precision. Sometimes, certain architectural details or geometric elements create the feeling of dizziness.

Based on the biography by Christian Berst Gallery