By Kelli Scott Kelley
As the writer and artist of a heroine's surreal trip via a haunting southern panorama, Kelli Scott Kelley unearths the mastery of her craft and the robust narrative skill of her art. Borrowing from Roman mythology, Jungian research, and the psychology of fairy stories, Kelley offers a narrative of relations disorder, atonement, and transformation.
Reproductions of her paintings -- mixed-media work accomplished on repurposed vintage linens -- punctuate the story of Accalia, who's tasked with convalescing the hands of her father from the stomach of the swamp monster. Visually and metaphorically, Accalia's odyssey enchants and displaces as Kelley delicately balances the disquieting with the wide-spread.
Rich in symbolism and expertly composed, Accalia and the Swamp Monster pulls readers into the actual realm via Kelley's chimerical imagery after which pushes them in the direction of the interior global of the unconscious. for this reason, Kelley's tale is observed via essays from Jungian analyst Constance Romero and paintings historian Sarah Bonner.
A fruits of approximately a decade of labor, introspection, and study, Accalia and the Swamp Monster is either an entrancing show of Kelley's artwork and an confirmation of the transformative strength of fairy tales.