Gustav Bonde was a noble man and a politician in Sweden in the 17th and 18th century who retired to become an alchemist full time. He internalized the alchemic process into his own body. He would eat something which he then passed out, cleaned, and ate again and so on. The process was supposed to continue for two years and lead to "The Philosophers Stone", but it was hard because success was dependent on Bonde staying focused and in harmony. The tranquil obscenity of his procedure can illuminate the artistic production which often takes place in intimate privacy. Bonde's work proceeded in secrecy and was only described in cryptic metaphores such as:

"I have read somewhere that the substance is located somewhere inside the searcher, lying in the midst of themselves."

Gustav Bonde