kittiwat unarrom: body bakery.

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.

Here’s the real kicker – they’re packaged like food and up for sale at his showroom / gallery / exhibition / bakery / torture-chamber / oddity / tourist attraction in Ratchaburi, Thailand. Check out the video below to see the packaged goods and some footage of Unarrom at work:

I’m vacillating between being incredibly impressed at his (disturbingly authentic) sculptural skills and a desire to vomit. I’ve seen some hyper-realistic sculpture before, but, at the risk of becoming completely inarticulate… these really, really, really look like heads.

Unarrom himself is almost charmingly candid about his art…

“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.”

Right. That’s the lesson…

Comments

  1. irina kristi says:

    has anybody ever been to their bakery here? I would really love to visit this place when we go to ratchaburi this october. I just don’t know the actual address of this place. Helpppp!!!

  2. bloody wierdo says:

    spot on bout the catholic religion . its pretty much gore n violence dont be so ignorant. and i think considering this is thailand where you can easily just pick up a news paper and look at some dead bodies , or walk down the streets spraye with human blood . i dont think youll need to be protecting your children from anything except for christians
    http://www.utne.com/Media/Thailand-Says-Stop-the-Presses-and-the-Gore.aspx

  3. Xtina_13 says:

    Oh my gawsh how do I get some of this sent to me in Los Angeles?

  4. In response to Trotters post:
    I think its interesting how talking about bread ultimately became a way of making back handed homophobic comments. Apparently its ok for children to see bread iages of a man and woman making love bit not 2 men…

    And the person who quoted the bible: So what is it then when Catholics drink the blood and eat the body of Christ at communion…?

    As for children viewing it: Thats really up to the parents judgment. However exposure to the realities of real life through art and an open dialogue about such things with our parents, can help to make a child grow into a stronger, more Independent person capable appreciating the world with sensitivity. No one minds a child watching the news, seeing people jump to there deaths live from the twin towers, children starving or dead in Africa or images of war. Compared to that, what is a piece of bread?
    Overall these sculptures are amazing in how realistic they are, there message and in producing such emotion and debate as this. That is the soul intention of art.

  5. I don’t exactly see the moral dilemma being discussed. It’s art. It’s also incredibly impressive. Indeed the world wide web has given us a more accessible podium for public discussion where all can share their thoughts and opinions, but some of you are seriously stupid. period.

  6. I’m not sure what the moral conflict is about letting children see this man’s work. The fact is these aren’t real body parts, and I think most kids would probably react the way an adult would – with horror, fascination, or (more likely?) humor at the ‘gross-out’ factor. I don’t see anything inherently ‘wrong’ about such exposure at all, only that a few wee ones may be more sensitive and disturbed by such imagery – again, this would depend on the child.

    And to Matt’s comment: I think you may be taking your imagination a little too far. =\ Plenty of artists create stuff that they would not want to see happen in real life, or even as a reaction to the reality of things around them. It doesn’t mean they can’t draw a line between reality and fiction.

  7. trotter says:

    i think its a cool idea. but some people are right about letting children see. we are ALL aware that yes, IT IS BREAD. but what if i made two men having sex out of bread and let children see? is it still appropriate? no.

  8. awsome job very creative!!!!!!!! :)

  9. you all have lost your mind’this not of god to eat human’read the old testament do what god said thru the lord jesus christ in the new testament.

  10. There is something very wrong with this. This isn’t normal. It’s very disturbing. Why would anyone in their right minds want to consume something that looks like a dead person who was viciously tortured and murdered? He makes a living doing this and God only knows if he ever takes it to a whole other level and actually starts killing people for real and adding seasoning or whatever and sells them at his Body Bakery. Sick!

  11. Impressive

  12. Maybe i can eat one with eyes closed. ^_^

  13. Mary Fisher says:

    What’s the problem with letting children see bread?

    How old do they have to be before they can?

    And the day before that are they’re too young?

    Children are people, I can’t think of anything I wouldn’t have let our children see. They’re usually far more sensible than many adults, it’s only when they get together that they start being silly – like adults!

  14. I’m not hungry, thank you.
    It is perhaps stupid but I would not eat that bread with butter for my breakfast…

  15. I am scared here! :)

  16. i am a foreigner living in ratchaburi, thailand. does anyone know the address of his bakery? ratchaburi is a big province… thanks

  17. Mara Bentley says:

    I love this. I think an inadvertent theme here is that with enough talent and will something completely wholesome can be made to appear unpalatable and totally ghastly without in any way changing its nature. As far as children’s reaction, it’s kind of like who let them in? This is not something kid appropriate, although in Thailand I guess if they let you work in a brothel they’re hardly going to try to control what’s penetrating your line of sight.

  18. Those things are just plain awesome. Some people will be offended I’m sure, but c’mon, how creative is that. Top notch job in my book.

  19. i want a piece of thaaaaat damn right! i want a vajayjay you know what i mean thats tasty!

  20. THIS SHIT IS SICK

    i love rainbows :)

  21. that is amazing. where can i order one?

  22. Wow that’s really skilful, to make something that looks so real is an achievement in itself but to make it out of bread! That’s just next level! I’d love to buy one of his pieces but I’m sure it’d be the most expensive loaf of bread I ever buy.

  23. Most obvious question that no one asked… CAN I BUY THEM ONLINE? and what is the website where I could purchase said bread heads…???

  24. Oh wow this would go great for the saw exhibit at Universal Studios I wonder if we will use it?

  25. Nice post.

  26. planoblog says:

    insanity and creativity must be related here

  27. This man is creative but insane.

  28. Another angle on this — the similarity to medical wax moulages, see http://www.corporeality.net/museion/2008/12/09/from-wax-moulages-to-dough-moulages/

  29. Etienne says:

    This is so fucking gross!!!!
    I love it!

  30. I have to agree, not something i would take my children to see. I can imagine the nightmares that came after that family fun day

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  31. That is incredible, fantastic stuff!

  32. awesome.. bread never looked so tasty ;) lol j/k..

  33. tim baines says:

    it’s talented but you know, it’s about death. If you have a kid and are concerned about your kid viewing this art, well then you should consider that your precious may not exactly look it up on the internet on purpose? Are they going to do a search on bakery and corpse? Maybe it’ll come up on a search, but so what. They’ll probably skip right over to the ‘Faces of Death’ website like most normal teens. As for art,some of it’s good and some of it’s bad… you are still in control of deciding which. But I forgive you for now knowing what to do,
    love Tim

  34. December says:

    Mattysars (08:10:48) : Perhaps, it’s not meant for children. Perhaps, we as adults and parents, should parent our own children, instead of the media and society. Art can be disturbing. Art can even be “age appropriate”, and still ‘hauntingly beautiful’ without losing it’s ‘message’.

    Rather than worrying about “the children”, view it as an adult, and let it empower you as art should. It’s okay to feel ALL emotions from art…even negative.

    Regardless, of what you feel, this IS well done art! Bravo, there is talent AND a unique perspective here!

  35. does he keep a list of customers names for law enforcement? …..in case someone decides they’d rather have the real thing? ewww i’d loose my appetite if i tried to eat these *pukes*

  36. i’d do anything to eat these

  37. TOTALLY WEIRD… BUT COOL! :)

  38. Rectal_Enforcer says:

    I personally love this. And YES, I would expose my children to this because throughout our days, we see just as bad on tv or while we play online games.

    Personally Id love to get one of the human head ones, rip a hole on the back of the skull and use it as a giant Chili-Bowl so i can just scoop out his meaty treats while he stares off at eternity.

    tripping on acid while around this shit might be a bit much tho.

    anyone know where i can order some?

  39. Ew…yet artistic. Look on the bright side – at least it’s not REAL flesh the kids would be desensitized into eating, as the majority are.

  40. Wulfen says:

    I think, I love this guy. I wish I could get that stuff here in my state. I would sit at the local park with some garlic oil and a head of bread and just have a snack.

  41. darkcurse says:

    So very real………I WANT EM

  42. i want to eat one of those pieces

  43. 19thkiller says:

    Wow, this is amazing!

  44. candace says:

    i LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this.

  45. Thai children grow up with a different understanding of this. They are confronted with the blood and guts reality of human physiology on the front page of the newspapers everyday, where photos of those killed in wrecks or gunfights with police are shown in grisly post-mortem splendor.

  46. Ho-Lip Tex says:

    Mattysars:
    “So my point is this – how then does a child respond to this?”

    Quite obvious how a child would react to this – by refusing to eat it until the crust is removed ;)

  47. It’s like Joel-Peter Witkin, the Snack Food!

  48. Hauser says:

    Made from dough, raisins, cashew nuts, and chocolate, all of the works on display are totally edible.

    Of all things: it takes the quote “never judge the book from its cover” to an entirely different level. :D

  49. I’d like one for a roast beef sandwich.

    Serious, though, amazing talent.

    Crazy.

  50. First you get a few of these, a bunch of people with film equipment tagging along with you and shove the things in a mini fridge and try to sneak it through customs, fashioned like a gag show. Only then you post the whole thing on Youtube.

  51. dirtypaws7 says:

    This is effing great!!!!
    Wonderful art! Creative people rock!!!

  52. Wow, that looks extremely realistic and awesome.
    It could be a good, ecological alternative to prosthetics made out of plastic for horror films. Once you are done with your decapitation or amputation scary scene, you could all get together and have some bread with tea.
    Personally, I’d buy a few pieces for shock and yummness.

  53. Adam de Kaminski says:

    I think this is a good statement of the absurd in eating meat.

  54. everybody is somebody elses weird…

  55. Mattysars’ comment asking how a child would respond to this as artwork is an interesting one. Even though figurative, does the context give a child less grounds to react to the pieces? Is their reaction to the Pieta substantively and emotionally different, for example?

    I have a five-year-old and nine-year-old girl and boy. I will NOT be exposing this to them to gauge a reaction.

  56. thats pretty awesome! I would eat that bread all day long in public to freak people out haha.

    come hang out here, and talk on our forums!

    http://clayton-nichols.com/forum/phpBB3/index.php

  57. Phew.. *yuckh* *vomit*

  58. artkid says:

    It’s (pardon the pun) bloody brilliant I tell you! What a talented artist and creative mind! :D I definitely would love to see someone’s reaction at finding this in their cabinet or refrigerator. Bizarre, but brilliant work here.

  59. I too have mixed feelings about this, ranging from nausea to admiration. However the thing I’m probably most disturbed about is the effect this has on children who have viewed it (see the video). Despite the fact that I’m old enough to have certain values and know the difference between cannibalism and bread that looks incredibly like human flesh, I’m still conflicted. So my point is this – how then does a child respond to this?

  60. phil says:

    I wonder how people would react if you smuggled one of these into their fridge, reaction would make a good youtube video

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