Meet­ing the mas­ter

ImagineFX - - A Tribute: 1940-2014 Hr Giger -

In July 2008 Imag­ineFX spoke to HR Giger about Alien and more…

Early in­flu­ences…

“When I was a kid, there was a mummy in the mu­seum in Chur that fas­ci­nated me. It wasn’t in a very good state – there wasn’t much flesh, so the bony struc­ture seemed stronger. It fas­ci­nated me…”

Trapped in dreams…

“The strong­est thing in my work, I think, is the claus­tro­pho­bic stuff. I still some­times have shitty dreams with that in… be­ing in­side rooms that are like graves, a stone grave, a tomb. That’s more im­por­tant to me than the erotic stuff.”

Trust­ing his gut…

“In the be­gin­ning I had no idea what I was do­ing. I just did some clouds or what­ever, and then I would make an eye or some­thing. It just came, you know, from the belly.”

Paint­ing big…

“Some of them were very big. The big­ger ones could be 2x2.4m. That was im­por­tant to me some­how, be­cause at that size you’re sur­rounded by the im­age. I liked to say these works went from one ear to the other! The size makes them more im­pres­sive.”

Alien au­di­ence…

“When I worked on Alien, I was in Shep­per­ton Stu­dios for about seven months. If you want to do some­thing ef­fec­tive, then you have to travel and work with the people mak­ing the film. If you work longdis­tance, it’s re­ally not pos­si­ble to get a good re­sult.”

Re­tire­ment in 2008…

“It might sound very strange that an artist can say he’s re­tired, but just be­cause I’m not do­ing any more paint­ings, it doesn’t mean that I’m not think­ing about things. I still write my diaries and my dream book, where I record my dreams. And draw­ings too, some­times. But now I’m mostly con­cen­trat­ing on sculp­tures and over­see­ing my bar and mu­seum.”

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