Therese Tripoli was born in the Hudson Valley city of Albany, New York, and has been based in Brooklyn since 1994. She studied art and art history at Syracuse University, and delved into ceramics at SUNY New Paltz and at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, a historical factory in Pennsylvania. Her drawings mix pencil, ink, thread, and printmaking; recent work is concerned with maps and knots, including knots made by boaters and those woven by birds in nest-making. Human anatomy and the sense of place are the framework of her practice, where the search for personal history is a source of meaning. In addition to her art practice, she founded Tripoli Tile Works, designing and hand-producing a line of ceramic tile for home interiors.