Artist Projects

Plato/ Pineapple/ Poetry/ Painting

Emna Zghal

Plato/ Pineapple/ Poetry/ Painting is an artist’s book and a series of prints exploring the relationship between art and reason. Plato deemed poets, who have the skill to represent all sorts of things, to be disturbers of the peace. He proposed to banish them from an Ideal City ruled by reason. Similarly, when contemporary art discourse became dominated by philosophy, poetry was overlooked. In the book, Zghal intersperses quotes by Plato, Matisse, Heaney and Baldwin, among others, with her own commentary. In the background are images derived from the pineapple, which serve as the artist’s visual counterargument to reason and enforce the importance of play and pleasure. The series of prints similarly relish in the inventiveness of artistic play, utilizing papyrus sheets made from pineapple fruit and molds of the rind, in addition to drawing, photography and digital processes.

Project Updates

  • 2012: The book Plato Pineapple Poetry Painting is available for viewing and purchase online through