Meet the artist: Mathilda Della Torre
What was the inspiration behind the piece(s) in not just a shop?
The screen prints for sale in not just a shop are inspired by a trip I took to the South West of Iceland. The nature there was brutal, grand, unforgiving and powerful, which made me feel very insignificant, so I tried to capture these feelings by creating abstracted versions of the landscape.
Who has influenced your work the most?
Lots of great artists – Louise Bourgeois, Paul Gauguin, and Hilma Af Klint – have inspired me from a young age. But I’m also finding that I’m more and more influenced by the artists and designers I surround myself with. This is the beauty of art school; you graduate with so many talented people around you!
When did you know that you want to pursue artist career?
As clichéd at it sounds, my mum always says that I started drawing as soon as I could pick up a pencil and then never really stopped, so I guess from a young age! That said, my perception of an artistic career has changed a lot in the recent years and I am still trying to find my place in it.
What do you want viewers to take away from your work?
I guess whatever they want to take away from it. From these screen-prints for example, it could be the curiosity of going to Iceland, or a sense of peace projecting themselves in that landscape, or a feeling of urgency because of the quick and rough marks. Either way, I hope the viewer remembers my work, not only for its aesthetic style, but also for the way I approach ideas and concepts.
What three things are essential to your practice?
My practice is constantly evolving, so this is hard to answer! Right now I am focusing around the words perception, collaboration and impact. I hope I can develop a practice that encapsulates these words. And of course travel, nothing inspires me more than travelling.
What is the most inspiring place or exhibition you’ve been to in London?
Whenever I feel uninspired or a bit lost I got to the Barbican, it’s my favourite place in London by far. I love the architecture, the conservatory, the exhibitions, the library and pretty much everything there!