An Austrian hotelier we dine with later nods as the ladies recall how they would swim in full makeup when they were artists-in-residence at his five-star hotel, the Arlberg Hospiz, earlier in the year. They don't like being compared to Britain's Gilbert and George , though. As for Grayson Perry , his transvestism is a " Schauspiel ", says Adele, meaning a performance. From to , the pair contributed sketches featuring odd rituals, such as putting banana skins or fish on their heads. No one really understood what we were doing. Even those paying us.
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The women claim they were asked to take over from host Antoine de Caunes. We wanted to stay as artists. We would rather paint pictures. They made VERY big offers to us. I've seen them on TV! The day we meet, the duo are joined by a strait-laced couple from Frankfurt, who won a day with the artists in a tombola.
Hans works in the tax office and is curious about their affairs. What can they offset as a work-related expense, he asks. Eva explains that the beauty of being a walking artwork is that everything that goes into it is a legitimate expense: Their clothes rails, one hidden behind a pink silk curtain printed with their own faces, are full of gaudy costumes.
Getting ready, says Adele, is a three-hour process.
Today, Eva is wearing a glittery blue bindi, aquamarine eyeshadow and red lips, while Adele has opted for purple eye makeup. They are both wearing black bolero jackets, black pearl necklaces, baby pink dresses in chiffon, pale tights and white platform shoes. A huge smile completes the look.
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If we don't feel like smiling, we don't go out. The black has a meaning: It also emerges that the dresses were their wedding attire: As a man and woman, the two could have got married any time in their year relationship. But it was important for them to be able to marry as two women.
Civil partnerships have been legal in Germany since , but it was only in , after a constitutional court ruling , that transsexuals could apply to have their sex legally changed without changing their body. Eva, who has a deep voice and broad shoulders, went before a judge to argue that, despite her body being male, her soul was not. When the judge, having read numerous psychiatric and psychological reports, agreed, Eva's birth certificate was reissued with her sex as female.
We've invented our own sex.
Eva will not reveal her birth name, nor where she is from. When I say she sounds very Austrian, she will only say: Now it is my legal name and I am very proud of it. Gender has always been a key part of their work and look. When they met which they tell me was "dancing on a football pitch in Italy", though I've read other reports , both were producing art that played with gender.
It was when they decided to become a living artwork that they created their hermaphrodite image. We wear ultra-feminine clothing. Never trousers, always heels. Her latest album, 25, was the first ever to sell more than 3 million copies in a single week 3.
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It was also the first album to sell more than 1 million copies in multiple weeks since Nielsen began tracking sales in , with 1. After being sidelined from touring in support of 21 with a vocal cord injury, she came roaring back in November with 25, which she supported with the TV concert special Adele Live in New York City.
The special averaged The tour will conclude in July at Wembley Stadium in London.