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Colby Page is a second-year Arts Education majoring in Secondary Education at Shippensburg University. He is the current sculpting intern and assistant to Professor Steve Dolbin. Page is also working on a concept sculpture in hopes that the finished product will be installed on campus, to raise awareness of the attacks on Ukraine.

Page’s hand-bent, welded and rusted metal sculptures follow themes of ocean pollution and its effects on aquatic and marine animals.

Page’s sculpture, titled “Barrier,” aims to educate her audience about how pollution affects fish in our oceans.

“Honestly, I have a lot of inspirations,” Page said. “I think nature is huge. I am a kayaker and I love the water.

Page explained, “Two of my metal work pieces are based on water pollution. I just feel like we need to better protect our oceans.

When asked about his favorite medium, Page came to a quick and confident conclusion. “[It] must be the sculpture. Metalworking is my favorite,” he said. He also has a love for sculptures made with different materials.

“It’s so much fun to create something three-dimensional that you can look at from all angles,” Page said.

“One Man’s Trash” features a hermit crab, a species that is often forced to use small bottle caps and other trash in place of a shell.

Page values ​​hands-on experience and relates it to his construction knowledge. “All of my family members were construction workers, so I just have a background in building things. I take my artistic ability and combine it with my building experience. [to make my sculptures],” he said.

Page also acknowledges his earliest memory of making art. “I was drawing for my mother. As a child, I spent a lot of time alone and I drew. I remember watching cartoons, like SpongeBob SquarePants, and learning how to draw plankton,” he said.

Page is currently trying to exhibit two metal sculptures and a pencil drawing at the Kauffman Gallery for the 44th annual SU Student Art Show which opens April 23.