The Quarantine Collection features hand-embroidered masks that are attached onto vintage photographs from the 1900s-1940s.
The masks can be lifted to reveal the subject's full face. The collection is intended to serve as a reminder that past generations have weathered storms like these before, and we will too.
Han Cao is a self-taught artist currently living in Southern California. She uses embroidery to create new narratives for long-forgotten photographs and postcards found at flea markets and antique shops from around the world. All embroidery on the artwork is done by hand, directly onto the original found image.
She has exhibited internationally, and her work has been featured in a number of online media, including The Guardian, Colossal, and My Modern Met, as well as in print (The Observer, Flow Magazine).