On this episode of Annotations, we are looking at a quite interesting subject: the art site Pasaquan and its creator Eddie Owens Martin (1908–86). Martin, known as St. EOM, built Pasaquan out of his home in Buena Vista, Ga, and it now stands as a six-building compound, with each building connected by concrete walls. The entire structure is adorned with vibrant, psychedelic folk art of bold, transfixing patterns, spiritual and tribal imagery, and exuberant depictions of nature.
In the role of both moderator and panelist is Michael McFalls, a professor at Columbus State University and director of Pasaquan. He will lead the discussion with Tom Patterson, Fred Fussell, and Annie Moye. Patterson is the author of St. EOM in the Land of Pasaquan: The Life and Times and Art of Eddie Owens Martin, which was reprinted early this year shortly after the restoration of Pasaquan. You can read more about it here. Fussell is a historian whose innumerable photos of the site helped bring it back to life. Moye is the president of the Pasaquan Preservation Society. They will discuss the story of Pasaquan, the importance of preserving visionary art and its legacy, and the wonderful life of St. EOM.
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