Sissy Buck

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As a printmaker and book artist I am drawn to abstract patterns found in nature and the expressive gesture of line in drawing and handwriting.

During the past 2 years I have been exploring the cyanotype process to print images of plants from my garden and yard to record the progression of the seasons. I have also turned to the ocean for inspiration and experimentation. Taken to the water’s edge, light sensitized paper is covered in sand, seaweed, stones, or seafoam and bathed in the lapping waves. Unexpected shapes and varying hues of blue emerge, echoing the ocean’s color and movement or perhaps celestial heavens. I love being outside and welcome the spontaneous, unpredictable outcomes of printing cyanotypes in collaboration with nature, the ocean, sun, and time.

Brief Bio

Sissy Buck was introduced to printmaking by Art Professor Vaino Kola at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where she received her B.A. in Art History with a minor in Studio Art (1979). Further studies in printmaking continued at the Palo Alto Art Center, CA, and in Massachusetts at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, and the DeCordova Museum School, Lincoln. Over the past decade she has delved into book arts through classes at the the University of Southern Maine and workshops at the USM Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts.

She is a member of the Monotype Guild of New England, the Peregrine Press, where she is a past co-president, and is on the board of the USM Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts, where she initiated the Book Arts Critique Group. She has exhibited in New England and beyond and her work is in the collections of Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England in Portland, ME, the Bowdoin College Special Collections, Colby College Museum of Art, Farnsworth Museum of Art, New York Public Library, Portland Museum of Art, Wheaton College, New Britain Museum of American Art, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.