Ward Sanders

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.
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Relique

Ward Sanders, "Relique", 2019, box construction, encaustic, 4 x 5 1/2 x 6"

A Conversation About Gold

A Conversation About Gold, 2018, assemblage, 11 x 18 x 3 1/2"
A Conversation About Gold, 2018, assemblage, 11 x 18 x 3 1/2"

House Plan

House Plan, 2018, assemblage, 7 x 12 x 3 1/2"
House Plan, 2018, assemblage, 7 x 12 x 3 1/2"

Life on the Abyssal Plain

Life on the Abyssal Plain, 2018, assemblage, 5 x 10 x 1 1/2"
Life on the Abyssal Plain, 2018, assemblage, 5 x 10 x 1 1/2"

Life on the Crust

Life on the Crust, 2018, assemblage, 5 x 8 x 7 1/2"
Life on the Crust, 2018, assemblage, 5 x 8 x 7 1/2"

Misery is the River of...

Misery is the River of the World, 2018, assemblage, 13 x 14 1/2 x 5"

Organ Queen: Absurda...

Organ Queen: Absurda Enthroned, 2018, assemblage, 12 x 14 x 7"

Sojourner

Sojourner, 2018, assemblage, 11 x 15 1/2 x 5 1/2"
Sojourner, 2018, assemblage, 11 x 15 1/2 x 5 1/2"

Sound Ground

Sound Ground, 2018, assemblage, 8 x 10 1/2 x 4"
Sound Ground, 2018, assemblage, 8 x 10 1/2 x 4"

The Birth of Uncle...

The Birth of Uncle Billie Shepherd, 2018, assemblage, 18 x 18 x 5"
The Birth of Uncle Billie Shepherd, 2018, assemblage, 18 x 18 x 5"

The Great Wind of...

The Great Wind of Oblivion, 2018, assemblage, 9 x 11 1/2 x 5"
The Great Wind of Oblivion, 2018, assemblage, 9 x 11 1/2 x 5"

The Origin of Night...

The Origin of Night Blindness, 2018, assemblage, 11 x 19 x 3 1/2"
The Origin of Night Blindness, 2018, assemblage, 11 x 19 x 3 1/2"

Throwaways

Throwaways, 2018, assemblage, 7 1/2 x 9 x 5"
Throwaways, 2018, assemblage, 7 1/2 x 9 x 5"

Time Infinitesimal...

Time Infinitesimal Time Incomprehensible, 2018, assemblage, 4 x 10 x 2"
Time Infinitesimal Time Incomprehensible, 2018, assemblage, 4 x 10 x 2"

Travelogue

Travelogue, 2018, assemblage, 10 1/2 x 16 x 3 1/2"
Travelogue, 2018, assemblage, 10 1/2 x 16 x 3 1/2"

Vestiges

Vestiges, 2018, assemblage, 9 x 20 x 6"
Vestiges, 2018, assemblage, 9 x 20 x 6"

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Either/Or... the...

Either/Or... the Limits of Five Generations, 2018, assemblage, 5 1/2 x 9 x 5 1/2"
Either/Or... the Limits of Five Generations, 2018, assemblage, 5 1/2 x 9 x 5 1/2"

Ouija

Ouija, 2018, assemblage, 9 x 9 1/2 x 4"
Ouija, 2018, assemblage, 9 x 9 1/2 x 4"

Little Egypte

Little Egypte, 2017, assemblage, 5 x 9 x 4"

Decline and Fall of...

Decline and Fall of Ben Glidden, 2015, assemblage, 6 x 10 x 4 1/2"

Forty-two Moons...

Forty-two Moons Orbiting a Dead Planet, 2015, assemblage, 8 x 9 1/2 x 3"

Grief for the Glassmen

Grief for the Glassmen, 2015, assemblage, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 5"

Voicebox for Madame...

Voicebox for Madame Psychosis, 2015, assemblage, 6 x 11 x 3"