Ever since she can remember, Pinque Clark has always seen things a little differently than the rest of us. She began exploring a variety of art forms such as sculpture and painting as ways to express her vision, but it wasn’t until she discovered photography that Pinque truly found her voice. The camera became the ideal medium for her to capture her artistic perspective and now that perspective is capturing attention around the world. Not only is she a celebrated artist in her home of Boulder, Colorado, Pinque’s distinctive photography has become internationally renowned across the U.S. and Europe. Examiner had a chance to meet the woman behind the lens and find out more about her captivating technique.
Influenced by a realm of Renaissance and Realist painters from Raphael to Andrew Wyeth, and inspired by a range of subjects from raw landscapes to objects to portraits, Pinque’s work is difficult to coin into any single genre. And that is exactly how the artist wants it to be.
“To me, my art is my art,” explains Pinque. “It really makes no difference to me whether it’s considered fine art or commercial art because as an artist, I enjoy the challenge of every aspect of photography and the exciting journey every project takes me on. I really only require the complete freedom to go in whatever direction my art will go.”
Lately Pinque’s experimental technique has taken her in the direction of a “boudoir series” and it’s already proving to be her most notorious “body” of work yet. But rather than choosing the project, Pinque explains how the subject chose her when she was suddenly being approached by several women who wanted boudoir photos as traditional first year anniversary gifts for their husbands. As a photographer who never says “no” to a client or a new challenge, Pinque evolved the boudoir sessions into a burgeoning series and infused it with her distinctive Renaissance flair. “There is absolute perfection in the lines and curves of the human body,” Pinque says. “To perfectly capture those lines with lightness and darkness are the kinds of no-brainer challenges that I welcome into my studio. But I also wanted to explore the lightness and darkness of sensuality – yet another Renaissance ideal and a whole different type of challenge to capture the pure sensual essence of every unique individual,” she adds.
In fact, the challenge of capturing the sensuality of all her subjects has become such a fascination to the photographer that she has expanded the “boudoir series” to include both men and women of all sexual orientations. Whether they’re male, female, gay, straight, Pinque approaches all of her boudoir subjects with the same set of instructions. “Bring something you wouldn’t wear on the street and bring your sensual expressions.” Then, she allows her artistic vision to take over from there and explains how each session always has a few new challenges to overcome along the way. “When I first started shooting the boudoir photos, I realized I needed something for my subjects to focus on, something that they could embrace and use to express their sensuality,” Pinque says. So I started giving everyone a string of pearls and it’s become the visual ‘string’ tying together the series. There was one woman who had a very difficult time expressing her sensual side and when I handed her the pearls and asked how she felt about them, she told me she felt absolute disgust,” Pinque laughs. “So I told her to show me her disgust and started clicking away. Gradually, her self-consciousness peeled away and by the end of the session she was completely embracing the pearls, helping to create some of my most sensual imagery yet.”
Pinque says her next challenge is to expand the “boudoir series” even further and focus on exploring transgender sensuality over the course of an entire transition, from beginning to end. “No photographer has done that yet and not only would it be fascinating to explore as an artist, I also think its extremely important to use beautiful imagery to help the world gain a better understanding of such a sensitive and timely subject.”
Pinque Clark is a five year Board Member of Open Arts Boulder and an active member of the North Boulder (NoBo) Art District. Her “boudoir series” is currently on display at What We Love, The Winery in Boulder, CO through March, 2016. Her other works are currently on display at Rembrandt Yard, the Boulder Public Library, Mary Williams Fine Arts Gallery, and Parma Italian Trattoria in Louisville, Co. Pinque will also be returning to Italy this summer to show her “boudoir series, 2016” at a number of international exhibitions.
To find out more about Pinque Clark and her photography collection, go to www.photosbypinque.com or follow the artist on Facebook.