William Kentridge's process documentary on Art 21 reveals the heart of the making process is play. Very serious, intensive play.
Play is inventing multiple possibilities within an imagined or existing framework. For Kentridge, the symbol he plays with is a giant nose with human feet. What captivates me about his process is how one single image manifests itself in a multitude of forms.
How is the nose symbol iterated by Kentridge? Through an opera he writes/co-composes, charcoal drawings that are deconstructed, a life-size paper-mache costume, and through sculptures and collage.
That’s the magic of one image that is symbolic to the maker. One authentic image can yield an infinite amount of imagery and innumerable iterations if you listen to it long enough. For Kentridge the symbol is a giant walking nose.