Thursday, 13 May 2010

Give Us Today Our Daily Bread

After watching Eric Wareheim's new promo for Health (if you haven't seen it yet, click HERE and brace yourself), the super talented Ceridwen Brown put up a link to this extraordinary bakery in Bangkok.

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Ratchaburi is located 80 kilometres west of Bangkok on the bank of the Mae Klong River. The provincial area abounds in natural attractions and historical sites.

A long way off the beaten track and down a long metal driveway, you'll find yourself inside a dark room where realistic-looking "human body parts" are stacked on shelves and hanging on meat hooks. The place looks like a mortuary, but in fact, it's a family-run bakery with a difference.

What appears to be putrefying body parts are the bread sculptures of 28-year-old art student Kittiwat Unarrom from Potharam, Thailand.

"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," said the fine arts masters degree student.

As an undergraduate art student, Kittiwat started painting portraits. He then moved to mixed media and finally dough - a natural medium for him since his family runs a bakery.

Along with edible human heads crafted from dough, chocolate, raisins and cashews, Kittiwat makes human torsos, arms and feet.

He uses anatomy books and his vivid memories of visiting a forensics museum to create the human parts.

He now is receiving regular orders from the curious and from pranksters who want to surprise their friends or colleagues. However, I'm not too sure how your beloved would feel opening the fridge to find one of these inside.

By the end of the year, Kittiwat's confectionary slaughterhouse will go on display at Bangkok's Silpakorn University. It's his final dissertation, and he hopes it will secure him a Master of Arts degree.

"When people see the bread, they don't want to eat it. But when they taste it, it's just normal bread," he said. "The lesson is 'don't judge just by outer appearances.

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