Meet the artist: Mathilda Della Torre
On the left, drawing of buildings in blue and red. On the right portrait of Mathilda Della Torre
Mathilda Della Torre  (BA (Hons) Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts, 2017)  is a London-based illustrator and graphic designer, who explores, experiences and creates a world through vivid eyes. She conceptualises her art by using it as a tool to visually communicate a mood, an atmosphere or an intention.

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.

Left: Eight containers filled with printing inks. Right: Mathilda Della Torre sketching with a coffee on the table.

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.

Left: Mathilda Della Torre holding up a printing screen. Right: Mathilda Della Torre screen printing.

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.

On the left is Mathilda Della Torre sitting in a field. On the right is a sketch by Mathilda Della Torre.

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!

Two images. One on the left shows a pack of oil pasteles. One on the right shows a sketch in a sketchbook.