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Skip the candy corn, toffee apples, and pumpkin pie for this year’s Halloween. Why be traditional when you can have a piece of a foot or an arm with “some fava beans and a nice chianti?” Fine, if that is not your fancy, you could always have some intestines or a decomposing decapitated torso.
Unarrom doesn’t even have a criminal background.
He does, however, have a fine art degree and a license for his own bakery named appropriately the “Body Bakery.” As his bakery denotes, the “Body Bakery” specializes on meticulously carved body parts sculpted from his primary medium, bread. As a finishing grotesque touch, he hangs each of his goods with a stainless steel meat hook or plastic wraps them in a supermarket poultry fashion.
Unarrom was first inspired by books about the anatomy of the human body and visits to forensic museums. He also cheekily says, “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.’”
Although Unarrom’s masterpieces look realistically gut-churning, they are not in any way, human. American artist Andrew Krasnow, on the other hand, creates his art pieces with authentic human skin, ew.
If it is any consolation, all Krasnow’s materials are gathered from donated participants for scientific research. From stretching skin across boots and maps of the United States of America, Krasnow says that his works “are a commentary on human cruelty and America’s ethics and morality.”
For example, his infamous skin-clad map of America expresses his concern for America’s contribution to the first Gulf War. The work discusses how militaristic and economic actions were morality and ethicality questionable.
Are you inspired or queasy from Unarrom and Krasnow’s gruesome creations? Are they serial killers waiting for a new medium or are they creating bloody brilliant artwork?
When you run off to party or trick-or-treat, make sure to have a safe and Happy Halloween. Remember, what Hannibal Lecter says,“As your mother tells you, and my mother certainly told me, it is important, she always used to say, always to try new things.”
- Paulina Tam