‘Soft Work' is only a didactic term. It's not hard, it's not solid, it's malleable. This term refers to what the installation is. It's a fiber sculpture but it's also in reference to several centuries of art using textiles, to art therapy, and to feminism, especially. In America, there is a domesticity that is not associated with masculinity — or if it is, it's usually associated with a difference, a contradiction.’
(S. Ruby, quoted in J. Soulez, ‘A Hard Look at “Soft Work,” Sterling Ruby’s Cushy and Satirical Solo Exhibition in France’, Blouin Artinfo, 3rd June 2012).