Kelli Scott Kelley

In 2007, while on sabbatical from Louisiana State University, I traveled throughout Italy to study early Renaissance image cycles. This excursion left me curious about the idea of writing my own mythological narrative as a starting point for a body of work. 

I have since written "Accalia and the Swamp Monster", a surreal fairy-tale mired in the haunting landscape of Southern Louisiana, and based on my autobiography and dreams. A cycle of 60 narrative images inspired by the tale is complete. The art works are mixed-media paintings using re-purposed antique domestic linens. The aged fabrics reference traditional women’s handicrafts, and provided a means for me to make the work in an ecologically conscious way. A book, pairing the artworks with the story, and including scholarly essays by a Jungian Analyst and an Art Historian was published in 2014 by LSU Press.


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