Sissy Buck


As a printmaker and book artist, and as an antidote to digital overload, I gravitate towards abstract patterns found in nature and the expressive gesture of line in drawing and handwriting.

Fragments of trace drawings, brushstrokes, and handwriting have always appeared in my monotypes as a mapping of time, memory and place. When I learned the technique of paper lithography it seemed fitting to bring my grandmother’s distinguished, cursive handwriting from her letters into my prints. She taught penmanship in middle school and was an artist.

I continue to include handwriting of my own and others from letters, notes, recipes of family and friends in my monotypes. The defining scribbles and cursive loops reveal unique personalities and link a connective strand to my past. I am interested in what new images and conversations unfold as I alter and imprint my marks on them. Abstractions and layers in the resulting monotypes obscure the initial legibility and meaning of our words, leaving a liminal hieroglyph between the familiar and the unknown.


1979 B.A. Art History, Wheaton College, Norton, Ma.

Selected Exhibitions:

Absence and Presence, Hampshire College Art Gallery, MA
ART2015, 20th Annual Juried Art Exhibit, (Britta Konau Juror) Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, ME
Illustrated Accordion, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Bound Together II, Book Arts Exhibit, Portland Public Library, Portland, ME
Absence and Presence- a printmaking response to the 2007 Al Mutannabi Street Bombing, Baghdad, Iraq
Solo Show, Fogg Lighting, Portland, ME

San Diego Book Arts Fifth National Juried Exhibit, Geisel Library, UC San Diego, CA
On the Edge, MGNE group show, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
Bound Together, USM, ME
Recent Acquistions, UNE Gallery, Portland, ME

Peregrine Press Printmaking Studio, Portland, ME
Monotype Guild of New England
Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts, USM, Portland, ME

Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME
Maine Women’s Writing Center, University of New England, Portland, ME
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
University of New England , Portland, ME
New York City Public Library, NYC, NY
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
Wheaton College Permanent Collections, Norton, MA
Iraq National Library, Baghdad
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
University of Wisconsin