The Doll

 

The short video The Doll portraits a four years old Portuguese little girl dressed in a ballet costume sitting on the floor moving her upper body dancing around a bright lamp that lights her face from underneath, emphasizing the heavy ‘porcelain evil doll’ makeup. The voice over (the child’s own voice) repeats her thoughts in Portuguese: “Não consigo pensar em mais nada.” – I can’t think of anything else; “Não consigo mais.” – I can’t any longer; and, “Chega.” – Enough. At the same time we hear the constant of her increasing laughter. The repetition of gestures, words and progressive children’s laugh along with the image transport us to a strange place in which emotions are unease, actions don’t match feelings, where the obscure meets the innocent.