Following a degree in sculpture at Winchester School of Art, she received a postgraduate diploma in lens-based media from the Slade School of Art in 1993 and has since worked as an independent artist and filmmaker, specialising in digital arts, video work and site-specific installations.
She has adopted digital media and produced animated material for screen and projection as well as interactive projects for CD-rom and web delivery.
In 1998 Monika moved to Newcastle-upon-Tyne to work as Digital Artist in residence for North Tyneside Arts. There she became involved with VANE, the northeast’s annual artist-led initiative and began to devise and implement community projects involving disadvantaged and detached youth, including the Creating Spaces project for the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead, using the Baltic Flour Mills building, now the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.
In 2000 she moved further north to Aberdeen to work with Peacock Visual Arts, as Digital Coordinator, building and overseeing a video production unit and a small suite of computers and related tools for open access use by artists and community members.
Monika now lives in the north-east of Scotland with sound artist Mark Lawton and their daughter.