Dave Vande Vusse - Interview
“I feel sculptures should brighten people's lives,” says sculptor, Dave Vande Vusse. “For me, a good sculpture is one that brings a smile to a person's face when they first look at it. I am a happy person and I feel my artwork is very much the same. Much of it moves easily and requires no deep thought to be enjoyed.”
Vande Vusse’s sculpture, “SS II,” is currently on display in the Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center SculptureWalk. “SS II” features a unique, three-dimensional mobile in the center of the piece, and is made out of painted aluminum and stainless steel.
Vande Vusse, a native of Holland, Mich., has been sculpting for over 40 years. His primary focus is mobiles, which he first started making in graduate school after a Calder mobile inspired him. His construction methods include various modern techniques. “My inspiration for this piece came by accident. I had cut a piece for an outdoor sculpture, and it came out too large,” he says. “When we cut the proper size piece out of it, the large oval frame was left over. The base was another piece of scrap. I then made the hanging pieces to fill the oval.”
Vande Vusse’s work has long been inspired by the world around him, and he is always eager to share his work with others. “I’m influenced by the world around me and the people I know. Furthermore, I enjoy creating things and love watching people enjoy them as well.”