Memories in charcoal and chalk


"Detached Attachment'' (charcoal and chalk pastel), by LESLEY COHEN, in her  "Presence and Absence'' show at  the Bromfield Gallery, Boston, through May 31.

The gallery notes say:

"It's been proven: the more you remember something -- from memory that is -- the less accurate that memory becomes.''

In the show, Ms. Cohen explores her interpretations of childhood memories. She says:

"Thinking about them for years or decades has changed my memory of them and has maybe even changed the significance of the events themselves.''

Her drawings, the gallery says, "conceal these ambiguous incidents in an abstract vocabulary of time and space, exposing while still protecting these memories.''