Alberto Bustos is the artist working in the above photo montage. In Spain, he creates sculptures that seem to move and flow, as if in motion. But the medium is not flexible - his are ceramic sculptures.
His beautifully layered pieces at first appear to be made of paper: sharply defined, yet fragile.
The greatest appeal to me in his work are the pieces that evoke grasses and curling fronds.
Working only with stoneware and porcelain can be limiting - but not for Bustos. To simulate the movement of wind, he first forms each piece from clay - each and every strip, blade and tendril. After firing at high temperatures, he then arranges them into sculpture. The effect is awesome, evoking life and growth.
Bustos' work has been seen in exhibitions in locations as varied as Spain, Germany, Egypt, Romania, Latvia, and Slovenia. He's been named one of the emerging artists of 2016, and is definitely one to watch. Visit his website here, and follow him on Facebook.
I can't tell you better about this artist than an interview can - this one from the November-December issue of New Ceramics: In Studio with Alberto Bustos.
Looking forward to the weeks of summer, I'm planning to keep all this beauty in mind. The intersection of strength and flexible grace. Not a bad seasonal mantra at all.