Palm Reading

Lily Xiao, Painting, 2023

Lily Xiao is a multidisciplinary sculptor and fabricator born in Chicago. They are attending the Maryland Institute College of Art, living and creating in Baltimore, Maryland. Xiao’s recent Solo exhibition in the Gateway Gallery, Faithful Rind, addresses fertility, loss, and transcendence. They have participated in numerous group shows, including at Ritual at the Gateway Gallery, We are Everywhere at Fox Gallery, and Sculpture Symposium at Middendorf Gallery. Xiao curated the exhibition The Space Between Us at Gallery CA, creating a community for BIPOC abstract artists. Their work in curation and sculpture has been reviewed in BmoreArt. 

Project Overview

The lines on my palms have given my insight on my inevitable destiny since I was a young child. I would watch my mother would trace her fingertips over the shallow curves, featherlight touches would determine my future. They were meaningless to me, but in her eyes she read a long life, a happy marriage, a strong, yet uneasy career. These lines gave her comfort, they reassured her that I would be kept safe, and the life that would follow could be expected. I wonder


Filled glass container with agar, traced palm lines through the agar with brush and .

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