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Thai Artist Bakes Bread Shaped as Severed Body Parts

Mamerto Adan is a feature writer who is back in college once again. Science is one of his favorite topics.

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You think you have a strong stomach? You think you aren’t squeamish? In my case, I don’t claim that my digestive system is cast iron. I do have strong preferences on rare or raw meat, much to the displeasure of my friends. I won’t also say no to exotic food. Bring in the offal, the animal body parts or the deep-fried bugs. I don’t mind.

But there are stuffs out there that could make me puke, no matter how well prepared it is. As in the case of a bakery somewhere in Thailand.

You may understand my disgust here or laugh at my sensitivity. But believe it or not, you could taste human body parts in that said bakery. You may choose your choice of appendages, from limbs, to head. But before you rush to the nearest Interpol station or organize a mob to lynch whoever came up with this, do calm down because those were not real.

Those were just edible reproductions. Nothing but bread shaped like human body parts. And we could guarantee that no lump of human flesh was used to bake those gory pastries that will make the psycho in you proud.

The Man Behind the Gore

Kittiwat Unarrom holding his masterpiece.

Kittiwat Unarrom holding his masterpiece.

Kittiwat Unarrom is both an artist, and a baker. At the age of 10, this man from Thailand learned how to bake, with his family in the bakery business. He also has a master’s degree in fine arts, and as an undergraduate student, he painted portraits before moving in the mixed media. But somehow, he managed to marry his family baking business, and his artistic passion in such a unique way.

A gory and unsettling way.

When paying a visit to their bakery in Ratchaburi, Thailand, prepare to be shocked.

At first, one might wonder if one really entered a bakery here, because aside from the usual bread and pastries, something else is sold here. And this made their bakery looked something like from a slasher movie.

There are human body parts here!

It got everything that rivals the local morgue, or a prop storage house for a horror film. Amputated hands, feet, torso, and most importantly severed heads. One might wonder if their family is also into medical business, or they are really murderers with their bakery as cover. But those body parts aren’t real. Kittiwat used his extensive art background with the dough as his medium to create those realistically gory body parts.

In short, Kittiwat made breads shaped like bloody human components.

The Body Bakery

What is sold here.

What is sold here.

To begin with, these baked horrors are intricately detailed and well-made masterpiece, with realistic features. So much so that it could be passed for real dismembered cadavers. Take the hands for example. They are complete with carved fingernails, palm lines and veins. The same could be said on the feet. He also got baked internal organs to show off. But the most terrifying part here are the heads.

Here we could see Kittiwat’s expertise on human figures.

The heads are well proportioned, with the nose, ears and mouth having the right detail. But it was the eyes that made these heads terrifying. They are made in a deceased state, meaning the expression is the accurate depiction of a dead person. In some head sculptures, the eyes are open, which made them agonizingly expressive.

And to add more flavor to the fright, Kittiwat gave the dough body parts bruised skin tone and fake blood. The half open eyes are even painted, while the head is devoid of hair, as if in a state of decomposition.

Hyper-realistic is what could be said on these body breads, thanks mostly to the sculptural skills of Kittiwat. They are even packaged like real food, you know, sold in shrink-wraps, though some are hung on meat hooks. All in all, the way they are packaged added to the horror, giving their bakery a resemblance to a torture chamber.

How It is Made

Kittiwat preparing his corpses.

Kittiwat preparing his corpses.

Just to help clear things up, no one was murdered or injured here when Kittiwat made his bread. Seeing the gory nature of these baked goodies, one might wonder how he made them. Again, he never used a drop of blood or a lump of flesh here. It is all the usual bread ingredients like dough, raisins, cashews, nuts and chocolate. Everything is natural and edible, and these baked bodies taste like any usual bread (though understandably, the people have misgivings taking a bite). His carving instruments are also nothing special, and it’s all skills that helped achieved the hyperrealism. This is the result of his experimenting with dough for years. Kittiwat also spent a great deal of time studying anatomy, and visiting museums

Designs vary from abused, bruised, bloody, even decayed and putrefied. And if you want to buy some as a perfect centerpiece in a morbid party, Halloween celebrations or even to prank your friends, it is available in their bakery, and such oddities even became a tourist attraction. His baked bodies are also sold as art forms, and some are sprayed with urethane to help preserve them for display. Some works are sold for a few thousands

But with all these gore and horrors, one might wonder why Kittiwat is doing this.

Why Kittiwat, why?

More of his baked goodies.

More of his baked goodies.

What the hell is Kittiwat thinking when he turned their bread into slasher movie props? As expected, there are some who thinks Kittiwat is mad, or simply a psycho who channels his insanities into his masterpiece. But as it turns out, there are deeper meanings to what he is doing, aside from grossing out or scaring a lot of folks.

Kittiwat has been baking body parts since 2006, and his works questions why use expensive material for fine art pieces, as ordinary dough is enough. At the same time, his baked gores are the expression of his religious beliefs and philosophy. According to him, bread resembles life in a way that both are transitory. Bread is also linked to humanity and tied to various civilizations. His works also gives messages to the observer, to be critical on what one sees and not judge something according to its outside form.

And Kittiwat’s bread deliver such message perfectly. It is corpse on the outside, but everyday bread on the inside. And the only way to find out is to ignore what we see and take a bite.

If you dare! Because I won't.

References

  1. Patowary, Kaushik (10-June 2012). "Kittiwat Unarrom Creates Gruesome Human Body Parts out of Bread." Amusing Planet.
  2. Marks, Anna. (13 June 2016) "The 'Body Bakery' Gives a New Meaning to Eating Face." Vice.

Comments

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 03, 2021:

This is a very interesting article! From an artistic point of view, the sculptures are very impressive. I don’t think I could eat one, though!

Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on July 26, 2021:

Same here Louise. Common sense tells me those are bread. My eyes say no.

Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on July 26, 2021:

Well Greg, those are amazing, but I can't eat that!

Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on July 26, 2021:

Indeed John. Beyond the gory art, he has good knowledge of human figures and modeling.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 25, 2021:

Wow! Kittiwatt certainly is a talented artist and baker. These creations are so “life-like” or should I say “death-like.” Very interesting,

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on July 25, 2021:

Well, it is interesting, even if it isn't appetizing!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on July 25, 2021:

Goodness! I must admit, that's very artistic, but I'm not sure I could eat this lol.

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