Han Cao is a self-taught fiber artist specializing in hand-embroidery. Her love for flea markets, where she finds most of her vintage photographs and postcards, paved the way for her artistic endeavors, as she aimed to find a way to breathe new life into them. She currently lives in Dallas, TX. Her artwork is held in private collections worldwide.

Artist Statement

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.