Lexi Karafelis is a Washington based artist who uses pulverized charcoal to create portraits of people trapped in a memory. After graduating Pratt Institute with a BFA in 2018, Lexi moved to Whidbey Island where she reconstructs photographs from her subject’s past. Take a moment to remember your childhood. Look at your childhood photographs. Is that what you remember? Being? Doing? The photograph has been used as an unreliable narrator for many years, representing only the best moments of our lives. Created with carefully selected details in charcoal and pastel, each drawing is mounted on a wooden frame. The ambiguous quality of her work presents familiarity at a distance, encouraging empathy and introspection, while the lack of detail creates distance between artist and viewer.