You've probably heard more about Grimes over the last month than you ever have in your entire life, given that the world lost its mind when she had a baby with Elon Musk and named it X Æ A-12. [I think, after an exhausting amount of digging, that it's pronounced Ecks Ash Archangel. But it should also be noted that they have since tweaked it to include roman numerals, making it X Æ A-ii. California state law is thought to be the reason why. Idk. I don't f***in' know, y'all. I'm tryin' so hard.]
But an unconventional baby name isn't the strangest thing she's making headlines for anymore -- turns out, the Canadian singer is selling a piece of her soul to the highest bidder. Apparently it's part of an online art exhibition she's putting on called Selling Out.
Grimes originally set the price at $10 million, but then changed it to a best offer SiTuATiOn.
"I didn’t want anyone to buy it, so I said we should just make it $10 million and then it probably won’t sell," she told Bloomberg.
Selling Out, a conceptual artwork that lends its title to the exhibition, is the culmination of Grimes’ holistic art practice. It expands upon the conceit of partitioning and re-administering one’s identity, whose art is their soul. Selling Out is executed as a contract in which Grimes sells a fraction of her soul, formalizing the idea that every time an artist sells a piece of their art, part of the soul is sold with it. The purchaser will enter into a contractual agreement that outlines the terms of ownership and ultimately the connection to the joy of artistic expression, a press release about the exhibition says.
I wonder if Elon is allowed to get in on the bidding?
Either way, Selling Out will be available for viewing through August 31st, so it'll be a while before we see what happens. Until then, enjoy this makeup tutorial Grimes did for Vogue magazine several months ago. I'm not being sarcastic when I tell you that I'm kind of obsessed with it. I love how eccentric she is.