Urszula Szulakowska has written extensively on the history of alchemical illustrations, alongside work exploring the influence of alchemical imagery in contemporary art. In this article she discusses how an increasing number of Australian artists are using alchemy as a metaphor to explore Australian identity and the political struggle of the aboriginals.
About Urszula Szulakowska
Urszula Szulakowska has written extensively on the history of alchemical illustrations, as well as on the influence of alchemical imagery on contemporary art-practice. Her monographs include The Alchemy of Light (Leiden: 2000), The Sacrificial Body and the Day of Doom (Leiden: 2006) and Alchemy in Contemporary Art (Ashgate: 2011). She has also written many monographs and art criticism about international contemporary art, with a special interest in Australian and East European culture. She has been a lecturer in the history of art at the universities of Sydney, Queensland and Leeds and she has also presented scholarly papers at universities in France, Poland, Lithuania, Croatia and Hungary. At present she is Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds.