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By Kelli Scott Kelley

As the writer and artist of a heroine's surreal trip via a haunting southern panorama, Kelli Scott Kelley finds the mastery of her craft and the robust narrative skill of her paintings. Borrowing from Roman mythology, Jungian research, and the psychology of fairy stories, Kelley offers a narrative of relatives disorder, atonement, and transformation.

Reproductions of her art -- mixed-media work performed on repurposed old linens -- punctuate the story of Accalia, who's tasked with convalescing the fingers 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 primary.

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 that reason, Kelley's tale is observed by way of essays from Jungian analyst Constance Romero and paintings historian Sarah Bonner.

A fruits of approximately a decade of labor, introspection, and examine, Accalia and the Swamp Monster is either an entrancing demonstrate of Kelley's paintings and an confirmation of the transformative energy of fairy tales.

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