Art of the Month February 2018: Katie Diespecker — Cross Section of a Bag Lunch

Art of the Month is a recurring feature that highlights the visual arts work of UFV students. In conjunction with the Visual Arts Student Association (VASA), The Cascade chooses the works of multiple artists to be featured each month. To submit your work, please send an image, 50 word bio, 150 word artist statement, and image list with titles, mediums, sizes, and dates of creation (must be within the past year) to artofthemonth@ufvcascade.ca. Limit of three submissions per person, per month.

Selected works may be displayed at The Cascade lounge, in room S2111 of the Abbotsford UFV campus. The submission deadline for next month is Friday, March 2.


Title: Cross Section of a Bag Lunch

By: Katie Diespecker
Medium: Acrylic
Size: 24 x 30 in.
Date: October 2018

Artist Statement:
“Cross Section of a Bag Lunch” is a piece about childhood, and unhappy memories. Packing a lunch in a brown paper bag is something which brings up very early memories for a lot of people. Whether they were given a bag lunch as a child themselves or not, most people associate the tradition with grade school, and growing up. The bag is cut in half to represent a childhood that has been interrupted by the death of a parent. It has been dissected in a cold and clinical fashion which contrasts the warm, comforting backdrop of a family kitchen.

Artist Bio:
Katie Diespecker lives in Agassiz, and primarily works in acrylic, watercolour, pencil, and digital media. Her work often features themes of media, psychology, and technology. She has taken several visual arts courses at UFV, but is also partially self-taught. Currently, she does digital design and illustrations for UFV’s Academic Success Centre.