The four artists whose intent expressions are pictured below are, in many ways, quite ordinary. They read, they eat toast, they buy fishing videos. Then they take it a big step further. Kate Bingaman created a dazzling online archive of years’ worth of purchases—and bills—all illustrated in minute detail. Designer Nicholas Felton charms the blogosphere yearly with his Feltron Report, an elegant, meticulous annual report of himself. Ellie Harrison, a self-described “recovering data collector,” has photographed many dimensions of her life and objects; she also keeps a blog of ideas hatched while drinking tea (she’s a Brit). And John D.Freyer made a riveting narrative about selling his possessions on eBay in his book All My Life for Sale. We asked all four to document what they consumed for one week. They all produced a vivid record that says volumes about who they are.
Name Kate Bingaman (29)Lives in Starkville, Miss.Occupation Asst. Professor of Graphic DesignWebsite obsessiveconsumption.com
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Name Ellie Harrison (28)Lives in Nottingham, U.K.Occupation Artist, Curator, LecturerWebsite ellieharrison.com
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Name John D. Freyer (34)Lives in Iowa City, IowaOccupation Lecturer in Photography, Artist, WriterWebsite temporama.com
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