Tess Martin is an independent animator who works with cut-outs, ink, paint, sand or objects. Her work often blurs the boundary between experimental and narrative, animation, film and art. She has received numerous grants, prizes and artist residencies in support of her work which can be seen in festivals and galleries worldwide. Recent residencies include the Camargo Foundation (France, 2019), the Bogliasco Foundation (Italy, 2017) and Open Workshop (Denmark, 2016) and recent funders include the City of Rotterdam, Rooftop Films and the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie. Her most recent short film ‘Ginevra’, based on a Percy Shelley poem, premiered at the Bellevue Arts Museum in 2017.
Tess also directs and animates for commercial projects, runs and moderates the monthly Manifest Animation Show & Tell events in Rotterdam, where she is based, and lectures occasionally at universities in the Unites States and the Netherlands.
Tess holds a Master of Animation from AKV St Joost (NL, 2014) and participated in the European Animation Sans Frontières professional training program 2015-2016.