Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts

Sissy Buck

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Sissy Buck

As a printmaker and as an antidote to the digital world, I am drawn to abstract patterns found in nature and the expressive gesture of line in drawing and handwriting.


Monotypes printed with local flora, trace drawing, direct painting and paper lithographs of handwriting from letters, notes, family recipes appear in my work as a mapping of time, portraiture, and place. The abstractions and layers inherent in the printing process leave liminal traces between the familiar and the unknown. New images, stories, and conversations unfold.


Sissy Buck studied traditional printmaking with Vaino Kola at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where she received her B.A. in Art History with a minor in Studio Art (1979). After graduating, she continued studies in printmaking as often as possible.


Taking a book arts class with Rebecca Goodale at USM 13 years ago revealed the natural progression of bringing her prints into artists’ books. “Instead of my work being held behind glass, my books can be held in one’s hands, opened, shared.”


Sissy is a member of the Peregrine Press, where she is a past co-president, the Monotype Guild of New England, and is on the board of the USM Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts, where she has enjoyed facilitating a critique group with wonderful book artists. She has exhibited in New England and beyond and her work is in many collections.

Artist Book by Sissy Buck