Apparently decomposing arms and legs hang off rusty hooks while dozens of deformed faces gaze down on visitors at an odd bakery in Ratchaburi, west of Bangkok.
These macabre creations featuring the same ingredients used to make ordinary bread, mainly water and flour, were carved one-by-one fresh out of the oven by Thai artist Kittiwat Unarrom, who decided to break new ground with his art.
This brings weird to a whole new level. Thai Fine Art student and artist Kittiwat Unarrom is the son of a baker. All that baking exposure growing up has been a clear influence, but his artistic need to see things a little differently definitely flared up as he created the tacitly named “Body Bakery” – brutally, gruesomely, almost unbelievably realistic looking sculptures of dismembered human body parts sculpted entirely from bread.
Since 2006, Kittiwat has used dough as his medium, making a name for himself with his edible creations molded to look like bloody body parts, including heads, arms, feet and legs.
“My family is in the bakery business and I learned to bake when I was about 10,” says Kittiwat. “I want to speak out about my religious beliefs and dough can say it all. Baking human parts can show the audience how transient bread, and life, is. Also, my bread is still bread no matter how it looks.”
To say Kittiwat’s creations are realistic looking would be an understatement. In fact, they’re so lifelike they look like they were swiped from a forensics lab.
“I wanted to look for new techniques and materials, new non-traditional concepts for applying my knowledge and skills,” Kittiwat, who holds a fine arts degree from Chulalongkorn University, told EFE in an interview at his establishment.
Dismembered human body parts covered in blood are packaged like fresh food found in supermarkets. To achieve this authentically horrific aesthetic, Kittiwat spent a great deal of time studying anatomy and visiting forensic museums while at the same time working to improve the taste of his artworks.
His edible pieces of art look so real that many visitors leave the bakery scared, while the shop attracts dozens of curious Thai and foreign tourists every week.
To represent blood, teeth, eyes and flaps of skin, the Thai artist adds ingredients such as different colors of chocolate, raisins, peanuts and cashews.
“I like it when children get close to the pieces of art without being scared and want to touch them. ‘Don’t believe only what you see’ is part of the concept of my work,” the 39-year-old artist-baker told EFE.
Kittiwat also said the creations were philosophically inspired and showed the similarities between bread and life, “which are both transitory.”
The genesis of the project dates back to 2006, when the artist’s father decided to retire and leave the family business to his children.
Kittiwat, who learned to bake when he was 10 years old, proposed combining his studies with his new job at the bakery.
“At first, my family told me it was impossible to make human body parts with bread because when it’s baked the dough expands and loses its form,” Kittiwat said.
The artist strived to make his work as close to reality as possible by studying anatomy books and frequently visiting Bangkok’s forensics museum, while also devoting time and effort to enhancing the taste of his creations.
He said people from different parts of the world had contacted him about showcasing his works of art. “They don’t have an exact price; sometimes I’ve even given them away,” Kittiwat said.
His savory sculptures have been exhibited in numerous Bangkok museums, and the artist has also received invitations from foreign galleries.
In the future, Kittiwat intends to open a small museum attached to the bakery as a permanent space for exhibiting the gruesome works and other sculptures and paintings of his creation.
Kittiwat currently is experiencing a creative drought and dedicating himself exclusively to baking traditional breads, but he says that every day he comes up with new ideas for future exhibits.
“They will surely have nothing to do with human body parts, at least not in three dimensions. Maybe they’ll be more abstract 2D printed works or classical portraits and works reproduced in loaves of bread,” the artist said. EFE
“Of course, people were shocked and thought that I was mad when they saw the works. But once they knew the idea behind it, they understood and became interested in the work itself, instead of thinking that I am crazy.”
Inspired and informed by anatomy books and visits to forensic museums, he makes sure that none of your various body part bread desires go unfulfilled: he also makes feet, hands, and internal organs which come displayed impaled on hooks. Made from dough, raisins, cashew nuts, and chocolate, all of the works on display are totally edible. (insert cannibalism joke here.) (insert “eat me” joke here.) (insert “put your foot where your mouth is” joke here.)
“When people see the bread, they don’t want to eat it. But when they taste it, it’s just normal bread. The lesson is ‘don’t judge just by outer appearances.”
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