"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
Creating art in different media can introduce new ways to express and explore ideas. William Kentridge is inspired by a variety of disciplines, and the artist often mixes film, drawing, animation, and sculpture to create a single work of art. In his film segment, the artist uses approaches from his theater background to create rich visual and performative experiences for his viewers. View the segment, and discuss how Kentridge mixes media and ideas from many disciplines.
Discuss an artist who works simultaneously in more than one discipline, such as visual art and theater. What kinds of work does this artist produce? How is it similar to or different from the work of artists who focus on a single discipline?
Identify the artworks in which Kentridge mixes media. In what ways do these projects reflect Kentridge's preference for play or for working without a plan?
Kentridge is interested in the process of seeing and the ways that we construct the world by looking. How does his work communicate that interest?
Kentridge says that he enjoys "staying in the looseness," of trying different things. Create a work of art that begins in one medium, such as drawing, and then attempt to add another medium that may seem unrelated, such as performance. This can be done at random: by writing a list of mediums, putting them in a hat, then pulling out one medium to begin the work with, and a second medium to continue the work.