“Well, first of all, I prefer—my first preference is one-syllable words. I happen to prefer the verb to the noun. I use the simple command words first of all . . . I like short, terse words, and I like words—I suppose I sometimes think of their visual pattern. I am intrigued with certain letters, and other letters I’m not very intrigued by.”
— Robert Indiana
Excerpt from Richard Brown Baker, Oral history interview with Robert Indiana, September 12 and November 7, 1963. Washington, D.C.: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1963.