June Sanders.

Is being “soft” powerful? How can “soft” ways build strength? These are just some of the questions that June T. Sanders and Krista Brand, guest curators from Washington State University, pose in a new group show titled “Soften.”

“The word ‘softness’ is an idea that can contain multitudes,” said Sanders, a prize-winning curator, photographer, writer and assistant professor of digital arts and culture at WSU. “Softness can be a color palette; softness can be a way of relating to each other; softness can be a form of harnessing your own power.”

To celebrate the power of softness, Brand and Sanders have gathered a dozen works by diverse artists Sarah Barnett, Jessica Earle, Sydney McLeod, Nadiya Nacorda, Morganne Radziewicz, Mica Lillith Smith and Azzah Sultan. The artworks display softness of form and aesthetics within a variety of mediums, including video, painting, printmaking and collage.

“Soften” is online now at spokanearts.org through June 26 and hanging at the Chase Gallery in the basement of Spokane City Hall. The gallery is closed to the public until restrictions due to COVID-19 lift.

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