SACO — As Patrick Pierce stands on the land surrounding his home on Hearn Road, he is almost a living echo to the hundreds of pieces of his art that seem to sprout from the four acres of former farmland.
Pierce, a sculptor, poet and artist, and his wife Kathleen, a writer for the Bangor Daily News, moved to Saco in 2014 after living and working in the center of Lowell, Massachusetts.
“I was 13 years there in the heart of downtown, a nice two-story building. Downstairs was space for welding, carving and a gallery, and upstairs we lived, and I had space for painting and other work,” he said.
Pierce has had his work displayed in galleries in Boston; New York; Newport, Rhode Island; Deer Isle; and in international collections. In his own words, he had been an “urban guy forever.” But having been born and raised in Oregon, moving to southern Maine has been “a wonderful recrudescence of being in the world.”
Looking at the trees surrounding his property, he said, “On the Oregon coast, there were 100-foot-tall Douglas firs and conifers all around, and this is sort of touching back to my origins.”
He is now working to transform a former horse barn and the land on which he and his wife live into a space where people can meet, view his art and perhaps even create their own.
Pierce said the work that fills his yard is an “attempt to relate to the land and relate the sculptures to the land.”
Most of his sculptures are tall, heavy and constructed from a material that might better be suited for buildings or a factory. But for Pierce, there is a relationship between each piece, the material from which it is made and the land.
“It’s sort of a challenge to relate to the land and to relate the sculptures to the land,” Pierce said. “It’s a shift. I’ve always felt that the work is not figurative. I’ve always felt it’s in harmony with the flows of nature. For me, the way the forms work is the way the wind blows among the trees.”
Pierce’s former horse barn is nearly ready for visitors and for those who want use the space for meetings, writing workshops or poetry readings.
The barn is not insulated for winter meetings, but now that the weather has improved and temperatures are rising, Pierce said he would like to figure out a way to utilize the space.
The work that now seems to come to life on every corner of his property and every room in his home and barn are a reflection of his temperament and reflection of his feelings toward art.
“The work itself is the script. As improvisational as a jazz riff,” he said. “This is my life’s work. I’d just like to share it.”
This Story Originally Appeared in the Journal Tribune.
For more information about Patrick Pierce, his art, or visiting his studio, go to PatrickPierce.com