HANS ULRICH OBRIST Mr. Giger, did it all begin with an epiphany of some sort? How did you come to art in the first place? Did you start drawing in school?
HANS RUEDI GIGER Actually not until I was about twenty.
CARMEN GIGER Yes, right, but you were already drawing comics, all sorts of stuff, at five or six years old.
HRG Yes, a little. (Grins)
HUO So you really got going at twenty, around 1960. And what were your first works?
HRG Drawings. In A4 format.
PATRICK FREY And what sort of a world did you draw at the time?
HRG Well, when I was small. it was castles and palaces. Later, of course, women.
PF Castles, palaces, women…
CG Also instruments of torture already at eight or nine years old. (Laughs) Just recently we rediscovered them in the attic.
HUO What were your influences, your inspirations?
HRG Dalí, of course! I discovered his works when I was about fourteen through my brother-in-law, and I was immediately riveted.
HUO What was it about him that fascinated you?
HRG Everything. (Laughs) Just yesterday I dreamed for about four hours. I was in old apartments Dalí once lived in. I was like a cat, stealing into the house through the cat flap, crawling through the tunnel on my belly! That was funny.
HUO Were there other influences. Kubin?
HRG Kubin came later. Then Hans Bellmer, too.
CG And of course the mummy!
HRG Yes, there was an Egyptian mummy in the basement of the old Rhätisches Museum in Chur, donated by the von Planta family.