Han Cao is a Dallas-based self-taught fiber artist specializing in hand embroidery. She transforms vintage portraits and postcards into stunning mixed-media works by decorating them with intricate embroideries of florals and natural landscapes.
My artwork aims to create modern narratives for found photos – connecting the people of the past with those of the present. I love the unexpected texture created from needle and thread, how it makes people become more intimate with the work when they discover the subtle dimension. This sudden intimacy invites viewers to create their own dialogue with these distant strangers, as they engage the artwork up close. The varied stories captured in my work reflect personal views on gender, relationships, and societal roles, explorations in connection in disconnection, and also my sense of humor.Han Cao