INFP Part I: The Mediator

According to their type description, INFPs seek goodness and per their name, are great communicators.

They also are story tellers. Whether it be Eleanor Ray’s soft, intimate interiors, Zachary Carlisle Davidson’s illustrative prints or William Paul Thomas’s plush blanket series, these INFPs are writing new narratives – narratives that have been otherwise overlooked, ones that use new materials, ones that make space for the digital and ones that star new characters.

INFP Part I: Eleanor Ray, William Paul Thomas (interviewed here) and Zachary Carlisle Davidson (interviewed here).

ER3Eleanor Ray, Green Construction Fence, 2013, Oil on Panel, 4 x 5″

WPT1William Paul Thomas, Eatin’, Polyester Fleece, 80″ x 60″

ZCDZachary Carlisle Davidson, Echo Chamber

ER 1Eleanor Ray, Villa Livia III, 2016, oil on panel, 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

WPT2William Paul Thomas, French for Antoine, Polyester Fleece, 80″ x 60″

SCD2Zachary Carlisle Davidson,“tHE pLAcEs U wiLL GO”, screenprint – spraypaint stencil- chine collé




INFJ: The Advocate Part I

Anna Buckner

When I moved to Bloomington, Indiana in 2014 multiple people asked me what my Myers Briggs type was. I had no idea. No one had cared before I began graduate school. I took an online version of the assessment and got INFJ: The Advocate. Reading the description made me sit a little higher – the portrayal was overwhelmingly positive (I came to realize later that all of the descriptions of the types at this particular site were overwhelmingly positive.)


Sul-Jee and I decided to begin a series of posts where we curate a few artists based on their Myers Briggs type. Admittedly, my type changes almost every time I take the test, but I have felt a strong attachment to INFJ from the beginning, and felt affirmed by this decision after SJ let me know that she and Jon Snow were also INFJs.

After collecting types from multiple artists we’ve featured on this blog, we realized that in addition to Sul-Jee and me, Greg Burak and Benjamin Lowery are also both INFJs. That means that 4 of the 5 contributors to this blog share the same type. So much for diversity. We’re kicking off this series with the INFJ contributors to Command Zine.

To get us started, here is a summary for INFJs from

“Advocates indeed share a unique combination of traits: though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in. They are decisive and strong-willed, but will rarely use that energy for personal gain – Advocates will act with creativity, imagination, conviction and sensitivity not to create advantage, but to create balance. Egalitarianism and karma are very attractive ideas to Advocates, and they tend to believe that nothing would help the world so much as using love and compassion to soften the hearts of tyrants.

Advocates find it easy to make connections with others, and have a talent for warm, sensitive language, speaking in human terms, rather than with pure logic and fact. It makes sense that their friends and colleagues will come to think of them as quiet Extraverted types, but they would all do well to remember that Advocates need time alone to decompress and recharge, and to not become too alarmed when they suddenly withdraw. Advocates take great care of other’s feelings, and they expect the favor to be returned – sometimes that means giving them the space they need for a few days.”

INFJ: Sul-Jee Scully, Anna Buckner, Greg Burak and Benjamin Lowery

SJ2Sul-Jee Scully, Success, 2016, acrylic, flashe, tape, and painted paper on linen over panel, 48″ x 42″


Anna Buckner, Flesh and Ochre, 2015, pieced fabric scraps on stretcher, 36” x 24”

GB2 INFJGreg Burak, Ghost Hands, 32″ x 37″, Oil on Linen, 2016

BL2 INFJBenjamin Lowery, Operation, 2017, Oil on canvas, 42 x 50″

SJ INFJSul-Jee Scully, Cheez Hand, 2016, acrylic, flashe, tape, and painted paper on linen over panel, 36″ x 48″

Something About that TreeAnna Buckner, Something About that Tree, 2017, pieced fabric scraps on stretcher, 48″ x 36″

GB INFJGreg Burak, Secret Message, 42″ x 38″, Acrylic on Canvas, 2017


Benjamin Lowery, All Together Now, 2017, Oil on canvas, 71 x 91″