Eileen Morley – Things Broken in the Night

Eileen Morley – Things Broken in the Night

February 18 – March 4, 2022

THE ANDERSON is pleased to present Things Broken in the Night, an exhibition of objects broken and mended over the course of a calendar year by Eileen Morley (Craft & Material Studies 2023). Inspired by the work of Julia Gartrell and the Radical Repair Workshop, Morley highlights weaving as a mending technique to engage in the physical act of resistance that is mending, even if the object is not restored to its previous condition. They become something else, pieces that call into question materiality, wear-and-tear, and the value we attach to objects. From a bike seat to a bed sheet to several, very ordinary household items, gaps are filled in organically and intuitively; or else left open, holding the space of the rift open. Viewers of the exhibit are invited to reflect on things broken in their own lives—physical or intangible—and think of ways to mend them.

The 11 objects can be seen in the intimate smallness of the M2 Mezzanine Gallery in The Anderson from February 18 through March 4, 2022. 

Eileen Morley is an artist from Richmond, VA. Currently an undergraduate at Virginia Commonwealth University majoring in Craft & Material Studies, Morley leans into her knowledge of crafts like knitting and sewing to interpret ideas around the making process, identity, isolation, and the meditative and restorative act of mending. Her work has been in past Undergraduate Juried Exhibitions at the Anderson, as well as at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.