Remnant Ecologies is the name of a series of works developed by Jony Easterby over the past four years, as an artists response to a growing anxiety regarding our relationship within the natural world. Its name has been taken from a focus on sounds ecologies which no longer exist or that are in decline – only the sound memory of the place exists.The real and existential threat of human led ecosystem breakdown, extinction narratives and the unfolding cataclysm of climate change has been his constant companion for many years, forcing a response that both celebrates and highlights our connection with nature.
Academic and empirical studies in landscape design, botany, ecology and silviculture have simultaneously inspired and burdened the artist. In trying to make sense of a world in which a passion for nature is mixed with an anxiety for its future, the artists is forced to respond.
‘One of the burdens of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.’ Aldo Leopold.
The paradox of our relationship with nature within the anthropocene is that the joy of our interaction with a physical and ecological reality is tarnished by a melancholy and longing for not only what has been lost, but what we fear we will lose.
The following works explore these ideas, aiming to pose questions without offering any real answers.