Healing Hearts

Lamprocapnos spectabilis, or the Bleeding Heart, is a member of the poppy family and native to northern Asia. While the flower popularly represented unrequited love, here Patel is likely focused on its alternative symbolism, those of compassion and love for everything in creation.

Dinesh Patel, Bleeding Hearts, 2015. Digital Photograph. ©Dinesh Patel. All rights reserved.

Fun fact: contact with the plant can cause skin irritation--so absence does make the heart grow fonder.

Dinesh Patel, MD

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Holi (Sanskrit: होली Holī) is a Hindu spring festival that is celebrated across the Indian subcontinent and by the greater South Asian diaspora across the world. Aside from being the festival of colors, Holi is a time to celebrate unbridled joy, love, and the triumph of good over evil. Through visual art, this installation highlights some of the spirit and traditions associated with Holi such as throwing colored powdered and spraying colored water through pichkari at friends and family and poojas (religious ceremonies).  

This collection is the result of generous donations from the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, the MGH Department of Dermatology, and the MGH Employee Resource Group Leaders Group.

Other work from Holi