Jess Tornga explores themes of mental health, emotional connection, feminism, and social justice. She works primarily as an illustrator and printmaker guided by a love of process; exploring the tactile elements of carving wood and linoleum block for printmaking, as well as the clean simplicity of digital illustration. Her work fluidly moves between digital and traditional methods as her internal process of self-exploration relies on balancing these two worlds, nostalgia for hands-on methodology with reverence for technology and adaptability.
She graduated from Boise State in 2014 having studied international and environmental politics, and returned to school in 2016 to pursue art. Her art is politically informed by her education, work with Americorps NCCC, and cycling advocacy with Bike and Build, while her experiences with counseling, religion, and bullying feed the more emotive elements of her work.