the metal life of molded plastic emotion
i actually find it quite warm and loving. arthur ganson makes each gear by hand and describes his machines as a stand-in for his own body. he often works with found objects, this time it just happens to be a more complete image of ourselves. i don't like to think of it in terms of re-animation because, yes, it then becomes creepy. for me it's much more dream like. a girls discarded baby doll, forever in play and motion, refusing to grow up.
It's a sad piece imho. The artist uses the word "abandoned" in the title which sets us up for a feeling of loss. You use the word "discarded" in your recollection of it which has a completely different connotation than "abandoned". "Discarded" has a sense of finality, which would make the reanimation a sort of rebirth. "Abandoned" makes me think the doll is there, pointlessly moving in space waiting to be reclaimed by it's lost owner. Sad. Sad and really beautiful.