Part of the inspiration behind this piece was growing up in Nenana, AK. I was surrounded by native art and totem poles. We learned the history of what they meant and I loved hearing the stories even though I was one of only a few kids the stories didn't apply to. The history was rich but it wasn't mine even though I grew up there like everyone else did. This artwork is about being an outsider to your own life.

- Gregory Fricker

Shame Totem

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang

Signed on back

45" h x 38.25" w x 2" d
6 lbs. 12 oz.



Gregory Fricker
Holt, Michigan

Getting to Know Gregory

Gregory Fricker uses art to study neuroscience related to trauma and painful memories. After retiring from the military, he attended Michigan State University where he earned a BFA in studio art. He is a multi-media artist and United States Army veteran based in Michigan who initially began creating art as a hobby and a way to cope with a particularly bad deployment. After a successful exhibit and several commissions, he refined his process with the support of his teachers nad mentors at MSU. Throughout his portfolio, he shares with us his own traumatic memories using symbolic objects. By avoiding specific depictions, he creates an emotional buffer against the discomfort of the trauma and allows his viewers to interpret to his compositions using their own memories.