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One of H.R. Giger’s original ‘alien monster’ paintings during the design process for the film Alien.
Herr Giger is my favorite artist…his work is terrifying, abject, sexual, mysterious, dark, and elegant; it frightens and attracts. ‘Freudian nightmare’ is the term frequently used as a description for his pieces. I would say they are horrorfyingly beautiful.
Alien is an incredibly important film for me for many reasons, but the big standout in my mind is how Giger’s designs - and the ways in which Ridley Scott utilized them - became so personally affecting.
In high school AP Art History class, I gave my end of the year presentation on Giger - complete with slideshow, video, and group activity. I’m sure I frightened the hell out of my class.