Gotye has raised more than $15,000 at an auction in Melbourne last night for an artwork he created with Adelaide artist Emma Hack .
The artwork, titled Voices in the Mirror, saw Gotye spend nine hours in body paint as Hack compiled the work in her studio three weeks ago.
The money raised from the sale of Voices in the Mirror went to two charities: Make a Wish Australia and The Thin Green Line.
The duo had previously collaborated on Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know video – which has had over 200 million views on YouTube and spent its sixth week at No.1 on the US charts recently.
Hack told the Herald Sun that Gotye – aka Wally De Backer – put his heart and soul into the project despite his rapidly-escalating profile overseas.
“Wally was No.1 in America when we did it and he still turned his phone off”, she said. “He dedicated his time, and you know that someone’s into it when they do that.”
“It’s nice to find a more creative way to direct attention to the groups”, Gotye said.
The article also revealed that Gotye is planning an Australian tour later this year. Something tells us it will be in venues just a tad bigger than the theatres he played in when his most recent album – Making Mirrors – was released mid-last year.