Or even if they had written the list for someone else to go out and buy, this was often alluded to by the writer adding the peoples’ names onto the shopping list. For example, one of the lists had the subheading ‘Tom’ and below it was onions and then carrots.
I inferred that Tom was someone that the writer lives with, presumably a young child, as both foods are healthy and easy to chew.
It could also be inferred that the writer of this list was too busy looking after their child (or potentially multiple children as Tom is mentioned by name) so they had to send someone else to get the shopping, I have inferred this as the writer would know who the carrots and onions are for as they wrote the list.
In summary someone’s shopping list can convey a wealth of information about that person solely through the small details. It is as if each of the approximately 200 amassed list are their own pieces of art. For that reason, I believe that this art exhibition is a great way of turning something that on the surface is seemingly dull into something truly fascinating and as is stated by Lucy Ireland Gray herself is addictive to read.
Photography by Jake Rixon