Turn and face the strange

By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 13, 2008

This isn’t the first time that the visual and performance artist has gone to great lengths for the sake of art. Past projects have included transforming herself into what she calls “a blonde media icon,” living in a gallery and making artwork live online based on requests received over the Internet, and distributing bag lunches (and hugs) to strangers.

To record this experience, she’ll write two simultaneous blogs during the three months of transformation, one from the perspective of the Perfect Woman, and one written by “The Real Me.”

The Real Delia knows that the project carries risks.

“Probably my biggest concern is that someone will get hurt,” she says. “What if someone latches onto this idea, and wants to do me harm?”

The winner will sign a contract, acknowledging the nature of the project: that it is, in fact, a project, and nothing more. However, there’s always the chance that someone will actually fall in love. There’s no controlling fate.

And one guy’s already got that part figured out. On Delia’s Web site, overly fast typist “Dptanimal” writes: “THE PERFECT WOMAM —– THE ONE YOU ARE IN LOVE WITH !!!”

Deirdre Fulton can be reached at dfulton@phx.com.

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