Happy Is The Eye
Moving image installation. On display at the Dean Heritage Centre Spring/ Summer 2021
As night draws in the forest falls asleep and dreams of past inhabitants.
Happy is the Eye uses the Dean Heritage Centre’s archive of oral history recordings to create a visual and aural depiction of the dreaming forest.
Recordings in this archive made by Elsie Olivey and more recently, Voices from the Forest, detail the lives of people who were born in the late 19th and first half of the 20th century.
The film uses these recordings and photographs also sourced from the Dean Heritage Centres archive, to build up an image of life in the
Forest of Dean during the 20th century, with a focus on ways that people directly interacted with the natural landscape
as part of their way of life. Almost every scene in the film is in fact made up of several shots that have been blended together to create a new image,
one that synthesises elements of the landscape, bringing them into conversation with one another.
These images are in a constant state of flux in recognition that nothing is static, that both the human,
the natural and the relationship between them, are forever changing.