In "Soften Up", we see Coady continuing to investigate representation of women beyond just being subjects. Through her body of work, we see them as figures both in the forefront that embody a range of emotional dexterity and at the same time in constant negotiation of space. Vibrantly textured clothes occupy the canvas almost to the brim, forcing the viewer to reckon with some figures while noticeably squeezing out others. Hands and feet are further pressed into view - grabbing, stepping, hugging, twirling, caressing each other as if to present a sign language of our wants and desires. Bodies are softened in a way that only intimacy can bring, while her use of light punctuates emotions on their faces to reveal further context. Every gesture starts to add another vignette to the narrative of what happened that night like a story you retell to friends for years to come.