I love this idea. Carlip collects abandoned grocery lists. Develops an entirely fictional back story for the owner and then with the help of some gifted make-up artists assumes the identity of said shopper.
From Publishers WeeklyStarred Review. Ever since she was a teenager, performance artist and author Carlip has been collecting strangers' lost shopping lists and imaging the lives and people behind them. With the help of expertly applied makeup and outlandish costumes, Carlip has turned herself into the men and women that she imagined. From a wife-seeking, Fu Manchu–mustached redneck to an octogenarian stand-up comic, a washed-up lesbian rock star to a 20-something goth boy, Carlip takes inspiration from both the mundane—potatoes—and the disturbing—mousetraps, cheese, mouse. The 26 vivid photographic portraits and accompanying narratives display the author's humor, grace and a brilliantly creative eye. Carlip's alter egos are larger than life and twice as entertaining. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.