Artist Personifies NPR Listener's Grocery List Hillary Carlip interprets shopping lists as if they were Rorschach inkblots. She selected a typed, meticulously organized list sent by a listener and created a character based on clues. The result is "a little sinister," according to the list's actual author.
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Artist Personifies NPR Listener's Grocery List

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Artist Personifies NPR Listener's Grocery List

Artist Personifies NPR Listener's Grocery List

Artist Personifies NPR Listener's Grocery List

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Hillary Carlip studied the "clues" in the grocery list below to create this character, Jeff, a dentist. You can see the real "Jeff" at the bottom of this page. Barbara Green/Makeup: Dominie Till hide caption

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Barbara Green/Makeup: Dominie Till

Hillary Carlip studied the "clues" in the grocery list below to create this character, Jeff, a dentist. You can see the real "Jeff" at the bottom of this page.

Barbara Green/Makeup: Dominie Till

What do you think of Carlip's portrayal of Byron Locke? Comment on the 'Day to Day' blog? hide caption

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Hillary Carlip used this list to create the character Jeff. The blue blazer and khaki slacks gave away that he was a guy, she says. hide caption

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Hillary Carlip used this list to create the character Jeff. The blue blazer and khaki slacks gave away that he was a guy, she says.

NPR listeners sent us dozens of grocery lists. See a gallery of some of our favorites. hide caption

What's In A List?
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Byron Locke (left) and Hillary Carlip's "Jeff," inspired simply by a grocery list Locke sent into NPR. Left: Courtesy Byron Locke, Right: Photographed by Barbara Green, makeup by Dominie Till hide caption

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Left: Courtesy Byron Locke, Right: Photographed by Barbara Green, makeup by Dominie Till

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