Some of my paintings are lyrical but I should like to feel that most of my paintings are dramatic and not lyrical. I mean there is a verbal, certainly a verbal and I hope a plastic drama to my work . . . The verbal intent, say for instance, my present series, the Confederate States. First of all, the very first thing in my mind in these paintings, I mean, now my form is easy. I know—the format of my work is no longer a struggle. I have arrived at the format which is most effective for what I want to say and in the Confederate series I want to say something and I want to say something very urgent and I want to say something very dramatic and that, that’s very, very important. The message in these paintings is on top of the plastic aspects.
— Robert Indiana
Arthur C. Carr, “The Reminiscences of Robert Indiana,” New York, November 1965, Arthur C. Carr papers; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library, pp. 130–31.