Mary Lou Saxon
Before relocating to Marfa in 2011, Mary Lou Saxon ran a commercial photography studio in Dallas for many years. She decided to move to Marfa “to see if there was still a kid inside who liked to take pictures, and because I was curious to see what would happen without deadlines and art directors.”
Saxon’s photographs capture the unique personality of the now world-famous little town of Marfa. Among her works is a portfolio of photographs of the ruins of the early-20th century hospital at Fort D.A. Russell in Marfa, before the ruins were demolished in 2015 to make way for Robert Irwin’s “untitled (dawn to dusk),” a permanent, large-scale project of the Chinati Foundation. Saxon photographed the ruins from time to time throughout 2014. The limited-edition portfolio that resulted consists of some her favorites from that series, recording the now lost historical site for posterity.
Saxon says: “The ruins were a geometrically interesting collection of old buildings full of many many windows and doors, but no roof. The light poured in, changing often as the shadows built up in mornings and evenings and vanished midday. Adding to the beauty was the crude quality of the old walls as they shed layer upon layer of paint.” Saxon adds, “The Robert Irwin building opened in 2016 to rave reviews about the quality of light in mornings and evenings.”
“Hospital Building #1” archival inkjet paper and ink, 9 x 13 inches
“West Texas Train #1” archival inkjet paper and ink, 8-1/2 x 11 inches