Ward Sanders presents series of boxes that are different sizes with instruments and objects placed within them that visually respond to unpleasant subject matter: death, dying and the passage of time in various manifestations (despair, sorrow, depression, fear, displacement, absurdity, extinction, grief, chance, etc.) The work in his most recent series, "Nightboxes", was inspired by Theodore Gericault’s painting "Raft of the Medusa". "The painting is moving in its dichotomous horror of subject and yet beauty of object. There is irony in the challenge to make beautiful objects about dreadful subject matter, but the subjects do bond us all in their reality and unavoidable place in our lives," states Sanders. Ward Sanders received his BS in Biology from Sul Ross University in Alpine, TX and did post graduate studies at the University of Arizona. He was a high school educator in biology and art for 33 years in Houston, Lytle, and San Antonio. In December 2018, Sanders, along with several artists, participated in the exhibition, "The Art of Found Objects: Enigma Variations", at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont.