Chosen in 2009 to be part of the Mixed Exhibition titled ‘My Place’ at Oriel Myrddyn, Carmarthen, ‘Every Day’ was subsequently shown at The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea, Wales, as part of the Exhibition titled ‘Ffilm 2’.
Although a ‘sense of place’ is implied in the title of this Exhibition, the Welsh word ‘cynefin’ would better describe the mood of the piece, as the word in that language conveys more than it's literal translation of ‘habitat’ or ‘place’.
In the film the storyteller temporarily removes herself from her place of residence to describe the beloved place she remembers from childhood, although we can see she is bound to her actual 'residence' by circumstance and the passage of time. We are rarely present in our own lives and more often to be found rooting around our memories trying to connect with people and places we may, or may not, properly remember, but which ‘feel’ more real to us than the physical world we live in.
Because “sand had moved in” on an old church in the account, and the sand moves in on most memories eventually, this film lights up a moment in one life where a version of a past and a present are juxtaposed, at the same time hinting at a more certain future.
Linda Jean John