So Soll Ich Meine Zahlen Schreiben (German: Thus Shall I Write My Numbers), 1995
23pp. 43x28cm. 22b&w illustrations
Stephanie Brown review in Artists Newsletter (Publications quarterly), February 1995.
"The title translates as "Thus shall I write my numbers" and the book uses text and images to sum up (oops!) the oppressive experience of Germanic rectitude applied to writing numerals and doing mathematical calculations. Traumatized from an early age by her father's inflexible teaching of these skills, Plate extends personal distaste for numbers into a universal condemnation of an over-abstracted, over-regimented, technology-laden world, symbolized by contorting and dismembering her body to correspond with the shape of the numerals. As a complete innumerate lacking even an O-level in maths I can sympathize. Effectively presented as an oversized arithmetic exercise book with photocopied content and laminated cover".
So Soll Ich Meine Zahlen Schreiben, Cover
So Soll Ich Meine Zahlen Schreiben, Page 1
So Soll Ich Meine Zahlen Schreiben, Page 14