Monica Lindenfield grew up on a farm outside of Exeter and moved to London when she was 23, hoping for bigger and better things. Over a period of 6 years, she was either at Unity Project or on the streets. For nearly two years Monica has overcome addiction and built a stable and independent life, learning from her experiences at Unity Project and taking inspiration from other residents’ stories.
I took up painting while at Unity Project, working with Jeremy Jeresky at the New School of Colour, enjoying how it allowed me to express emotion and enjoy the freedom from the everyday stresses of my life. I knew I couldn’t draw, but I coined the phrase “drop gravity” to describe the way I manipulated colour and canvas. It’s a pretty descriptive term for what I do, but doesn’t quite describe how I jump around and sing while I do it.