Swiss surrealist artist H. R. Giger who won an Oscar for creating the sinister monster in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror film, “Alien,” passed away yesterday at the age of 74. His fascination with themes like human genitalia, sexual drive, as well as the fear of human dependence on technology and machines in a dystopian world, create an apocalyptic landscape in his artwork. His depiction of female bodies fused with machines known as “bio-mechanoids,” influenced movie directors and artists. His vision of these “bio-forms” is emulated by tattoo artists and his art is venerated at tattoo conventions.
Here is a fascinating documentary about H. R. Giger, honoring his visions and his darkest cinematic nightmare creations.