Tess was born in 1985 in Queens, NY. She studied at the University of the Arts in Berlin in 2006, received her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art in 2008, and completed her MFA in Art & Technology at the Ohio State University in 2017. Her multidisciplinary practice includes animation, VR, sculpture, installation, and small-gauge film. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally: recently at the 8 Fest in Toronto, ON, Aggregate Space Gallery in Oakland, CA, the Ann Arbor Film Festival in Ann Arbor, MI, and Vinegar Contemporary in Birmingham, AL. She is Assistant Professor of Art, Technology, & Culture at the University of Oklahoma.