Colby Page is a sophomore art education major, with a focus in secondary education at Shippensburg University. He is the current sculpture intern and assistant under professor Steve Dolbin. Page is also working on a sculpture concept in hopes of the finished product being installed on campus grounds, to bring awareness to the attacks on Ukraine.
Page’s hand-bent, welded and rusted metal sculptures follow themes of ocean pollution and how it is affecting aquatic and marine animals.
“Honestly, I have a lot of inspirations,” Page said. “I think nature is a huge one. I’m a kayaker and I love water.”
Page explained, “Two of my metal-working pieces are based on the pollution of water. I just feel like we need to protect our oceans better.”
When asked about his favorite medium, Page came to a fast and confident conclusion. “[It] has to be sculpture. Metalworking is my favorite,” he said. He also has a love for sculptures made with different materials.
“It’s so much fun to make something three-dimensional that you can look at from all angles,” Page said.
Page enjoys the hands-on experience and relates it to his knowledge in construction. “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 construction background [to make my sculptures],” he said.
Page also acknowledges his earliest memory of making art. “I would make drawings for my mom. As a kid, I would spend a lot of time alone and just draw. I remember watching cartoons, like SpongeBob, and learning how to draw Plankton,” he said.
Page is currently making attempts to have two metal-work sculptures and a pencil drawing on display in the Kauffman Gallery for the 44th Annual SU Student Art Exhibition which will open April 23.