05/26/2014 09:13 AM
BATON ROUGE – As the author and artist of a heroine’s surreal journey through a haunting
southern landscape, Kelli Scott Kelley reveals the mastery of her craft in “Accalia
and the Swamp Monster,” published by LSU Press. Borrowing from Roman mythology, Jungian
analysis, and the psychology of fairy tales, Kelley presents a story of family dysfunction,
atonement, and transformation.
Reproductions of Kelley’s artwork – mixed-media paintings executed on repurposed antique
linens – punctuate the tale of Accalia, who is tasked with recovering the arms of
her father from the belly of the swamp monster. Visually and metaphorically, Accalia’s
odyssey enchants and displaces as Kelley delicately balances the disquieting with
Rich in symbolism and expertly composed, “Accalia and the Swamp Monster” pulls readers
into the physical realm through Kelley’s chimerical imagery, then pushes them toward
the inner world of the subconscious. To that end, Kelley’s story is accompanied by
essays from Jungian analyst Constance Romero and art historian Sarah Bonner.
A culmination of nearly a decade of work, introspection, and research, “Accalia and
the Swamp Monster” is an entrancing display of Kelley’s art and an affirmation of
the transformative power of fairy tales.
Kelley, associate professor of painting at LSU, has exhibited and lectured throughout
the U.S. Her work is featured in permanent collections at the Tyler Museum of Art
in Texas, the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge, and the Eugenia Summer Gallery in
Posted on Monday, May 26, 2014