Phyllis Tucman: Do you consider your word constructions sculptures?
Robert Indiana: Yes, Basically, they’re stelae. They’re also herms. I had a great interest in classical art—the wood forms are based on the herm figure minus the heads. That came about gradually. They preceded my paintings. First the words appeared on the herms and then, as I began to be able to afford canvas and stretchers, the paintings happened—although they started out, as you can see, very small.
Tuchman: Do you use a different strategy for sculpture than painting?
Indiana: My polychrome sculptures are more of a challenge. There’s more to do. My paintings are really rather simple and uncomplicated. Surfaces are easily arrived at. With my sculpture, I carved away relief letters; I bound the pieces in wires; I attached ropes and wheels. It’s just a more involving medium.
Phyllis Tuchman, "Pop! Interviews with George Segal, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and Robert Indiana," Artnews 73 (May 1974), p. 29.