Maria Kossak is a German artist of Polish descent. She studied new media, sculpture and installation at the University of Fine Arts in Berlin and the University of Sydney in Australia. Her work is part of several international collections. Many of Kossak’s works allude to Eastern European iconography, as well as to the canonic Western styles of Art Nouveau and Abstract Expressionism. One of her central themes concerns the historic-cultural qualities of „gold”, and its ambivalent mediation between material power and spiritual transcendence. Kossak explores the persistent human curiosity in the intrinsic substance of gold and its many surrogates, looking to it as an index of a more general system of social values.