South Texas artist Ward Sanders uses his limitless imagination, curiosity, design sensibility and talent to create unique, 3-dimensional artworks. Each is a treasure trove of objects he finds and skillfully repurposes. It’s amazing how he can find so much richness in everyday, overlooked objects. His studio looks like a combination antique shop, apothecary and the collection rooms from London’s Museum of Natural History. Every day objects like old pages from books, insects, wooden tools, machine parts, clock workings, old prints, classically-designed text, tiny bottles and old measuring devices are just some of the fascinating things that populate his work. Each piece seems to tell a very dense and layered story, while the true meaning of each remains hidden. Though the different pieces differ wildly in contents and shape, they all share a commonality of a mysterious, lost past. I have had the pleasure of knowing this extremely talented, generous man for many years–he was my art teacher in high school, and ever since the day he handed me a book of documentary photographs by Robert Frank, he has profoundly influenced my life. To learn more about his fabulous work and to find his next show, go to his website.