Garth Bowden

Soft Power

’SOFT Power’ conjures contradiction. However, power is not necessarily something overt, demonstrative or conspicuous and softness does not inherently mean weakness.

SOFT Power can also suggest latent power. Like the sea, whose calm masses can erupt in an instant, or lay vast and still.

Or we can think of the body.. wrapped in its delicate and familiar membrane, the skin. The doorkeeper to the mysteries of human life within.

SOFT Power explores our unruly ‘animal’ nature.

Where it is a cultural norm to personify nature, to remove the violence and sexuality, here I do the opposite. Hence, wearing a mask or painting the body is a way of disrobing our habitual identity and disinhibiting our more primal animal nature.

Liberating sensuality.. nakedness.. sexuality. The body in its simplest form.