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 my 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 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 drawings 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.
Sissy Buck was introduced to printmaking as a freshman at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. by art professor Vaino Kola. There she received her B.A. in Art History with a minor in Studio Art. Since then she has pursued printmaking through workshops, continuing education classes, and since 2007 as a member of the Peregrine Press. The comaraderie found in the printmaking studio and community, and the complexities and surprises in pulling a monotype continue to inspire her.
Her work is in numerous private collections and has been exhibited in New England and beyond; The Fitchburg Art Museum, The Lewis Gallery at the Portland Public Library, the Glickman Library at USM, Portland, The New Hampshire Institute of Art, Montserrat College of Art, Hampshire College, among others. Most recently her artists’ books have been exhibited in the San Diego Book Arts Fifth National Juried Exhibition in the Geisel Library, Special Collections, at the University CA, San Diego and in “The Illustrated Accordion” at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Michigan. She has taught art to K-9, owned a gallery, raised a family, is a member of the Monotype Guild of New England, and enjoys being on the boards of the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation and the USM Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts, where she also facilitates a book arts critique group.