June Leaf: Interview

June Leaf, Making #1, 2013-2014, acrylic on paper on canvas, 43.75 x 40 inches (
June Leaf, Making #1, 2013-2014, acrylic on paper on canvas, 43.75 x 40 inches (courtesy of Edward Thorp Gallery)

Jennifer Samet interviews artist June Leaf. An exhibition of Leaf's drawings, Thought is Infinite, opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art, on April 27, 2016.

Leaf remarks: "When a piece is ready, it says, 'Okay. It’s not as good as you thought, but just go.' I don’t know what it is. That would be a really good thing to try to figure out: what releases the artist. What is that click that says, 'We are through with you'? I think the secret is honesty. The image has to hit you back, for all of your gesticulating and fighting and stabbing and jabbing, being courageous or weak, or soft or hard. Something tells you when you’ve told the truth."