“. . . ever since the portrait of my Mother and Father it was always on my mind; a self portrait would be in keeping with what artists have traditionally done. And given that I didn’t want to go on with the realistic image I simply bent the Autoportraits to my usual style. However, what the Autoportraits did was to loosen up the formality of my work. In other words they’re much less disciplined than most of my work.”
— Robert Indiana
Excerpt from Susan Elizabeth Ryan, Ph. D. Interview with Robert Indiana. May 5, 1992. Robert Indiana: Figures of Speech Archive, 1987–2005.