Photography is a universal language.Words might confound, but images speak their mind.I was reminded of this recently when Italy's fabulous Elle magazine requested images for a feature they were preparing on Melbourne's Cranbourne Gardens. I was delighted that they were aware of the gardens and genuinely enthusiastic about a project that remains strangely unheralded within Australia.
I was especially pleased to assist because one of the images they wanted from our online photographic art gallery also happens to be a personal favourite. It's a late afternoon view that incorporates the stunning red earth of the stage one gardens and includes sculptor Edwina Kearney and Mark Stoner's beautiful ceramic artwork titled 'Ephemeral Lake'.
An ephemeral lake is one without any natural run-off and remains until it simply evaporates. Kearney and Stoner's collaboration produces one of the garden's highlights. Contrasting the rich ochres evocative of Australia's Red Heart, where the duo's sculpture coalesces into an exquisitely orchestrated form both organic and disciplined.
Australia typically under-recognises its own and often requires a giant set of battery leads from Europe or the USA to kick-start credit where it is due. Kearney and Stoner deserve great credit for their art. It's a good feeling to put electronic images of their work in the internet bottle and see them found and celebrated a world away.