Project:Moments Intercepted

"Stephanie Avery"

Occupation: Artist
Location: Toronto

Why does this project interest me?
Every now and again I come across a call for artists that seems to have been written for me. This is one of those calls. I love working in a variety of mediums, from painting and illustration to technological experiments to breathing new life into forgotten crafts, and I never go anywhere without at least one camera. Much of my art involves finding beauty, humour, and adventure in unexpected places. I am always up for spontaneous art adventures and I am always willing to lay my inhibitions aside in the name of art.

Challenge: *Final Challenge: Leave behind something special for someone else to discover

Cupcake Surprise

Challenge: *Challenge 9: Capture summertime

Summer Perfection

The past few days have embodied all that I love about our few sweet months of warm weather bliss. Beginning with a group bike tour of surprise art and performances, ending with a gigantic celebration of love and human rights, and, in between, drinking on patios and a party in a long-closed school and dancing and camping and singing around a bonfire and barbecues and tossing frisbee and friends getting married and seeing old friends and drinking champagne while swimming in a beautiful lake. This was the sort of weekend that, in the depths of winter when all seems lost, I will look back on with utter happiness. Even the mosquito bites that pepper my feet and legs are a reminder of why I love summer. The photos aren’t much, I was too busy enjoying myself to think about my camera, but they have doubtlessly captured the joy of the weekend and will serve as a reminder of the magic of summer when it seems like there’s nothing in the future but snow and cold.

Challenge: *Challenge 6: Make your next meal a work of art

Brussels Tower

Working a 16 hour day doesn’t leave me much time to play with my food but I took the time to have some fun with the leftover veggies from our catered 7:00 pm lunch.

Challenge: *Challenge 3: Reveal something hidden

This is one of my all-time favorite hidden spaces in Toronto. Considering it’s surroundings, the beauty and serenity of this space still always takes my by surprise.

Challenge: *Challenge 2: Make something old new


I spilled an entire cup of iced tea over my beloved old keyboard, rendering it useless. Well, almost useless.

Challenge: *Challenge 1: Turn something green

21st Century Tree

Eyesores, wastes of electricity, and often illegal, hundreds of these four-sided Pattison advertising pillars litter the streets of Toronto, imposing their advertisements onto a populace that largely tries to ignore them. Normally these pillars are illuminated all through the night. What a ridiculous use of electricity! I turned off the lights in this pillar, an act so simple yet so effective in making the pillar “greener”. I also painted over the ads with green paint, turning the pillar into something almost resembling of a tree. Wouldn’t trees be better than advertisements?