Beth Biderman’s collages use unique personal, feminine and Judaic and Christian spiritual symbols created by her through intricate and elaborate digital manipulation of her tens of thousands of personal photos. Examples include “melting Kabbalistic trees of life”, broken hearts covering the mouths of women, warped 5 and 6 pointed stars, stretched/shrunken/misshapen flowers, trees, skies, clouds, old Byzantine/Rococo/Baroque artwork pixilated into shadowy apparitions, psychedelic explosions, and “recolored/rainbowed ghostlike” faces of people. Her process is: she distorts her photos on the computer.She resizes and recolors each one. She next hand paints or draws on each of the “ingredients”, puts them onto the composite entity to see which ones work best. Techniques created by her using multiple/mixed computer programs give visual effects that are swirled, translucent, twisted, in the nature of distorted perspective, or trompe-l'oeil.
Beth Biderman was born in 1949 in Miami Beach Florida. In 1967 at age 18 she moved from Miami Beach with her (now divorced) mother to the Hotel Chelsea in New York City. Her mother began to work at MOMA then. It was the inception of the Hippie Era, and it was also the artistic "heyday" of the Chelsea where many creative people in all fields lived and worked. Beth lived there for the better part of two decades with her family and later on, alone. There she met and became friends with many artists and art world/Warhol/Beat Generation people both in the Chelsea and through her mom’s job at MOMA. She studied for a year under her close friend Robert Mapplethorpe (who was her neighbor in the Chelsea). He taught her how to glue items onto board and paper creating compositions with things they would buy/steal at the Woolworth's. This is how she first became a collagist. She has continued to make collages of many sizes for the last 40 years.