English Garden Toile, from the Postcards from Home series
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Susan Harbage Page’s artwork examines feminism and race in a variety of media. In this series, sitters wear versions of Ku Klux Klan hoods that Page crafted from contemporary fabrics. The images bring the viewer face to face with the persistence of racism, even if camouflaged, in society. By sewing the hoods and robes, she ties the subject matter to a domestic feminine presence—the protection of which Klansmen often used as justification for their violence. Page presents the South as both a beloved home and a place of division.