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.
“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.
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.