DASH wanted to find out more about Jazz as a person, as an artist and how she found the residency and commission with Talking Birds and Coventry Biennial.
Here is an extract from Jazz's interview. To read the full interview please visit our Blog page.
M is Mike Layward
J is Jazz Moreton
M: What is your Background Jazz?
J: When I was 13, I survived a stroke. I was helicoptered to hospital and I was put in an induced coma so I have no recollection of what happened next. The hospital staff hadn’t seen a young person like me with a stroke so they presumed that I had overdosed on drugs. A neurologist came and insisted that they scan my brain and when they saw the results they realised that I had had a stroke.
After that I was transferred from intensive care to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and I was 15 weeks in hospital where I relearnt to walk. I was home educated since 6.
After I came out of hospital I went to a special school where half the time I spoke and half the time I had to use this horrible machine like a type writer. I hated this machine and it had a voice like Stephen Hawking’s machine. I was also sent to a music lesson where they taught me to sing my name. I told the teacher that these lessons were crappy. After the trial I didn’t go back thank god.
I was home educated from the age of 6 so I wasn’t used to the school environment and it didn’t suit me.
M: What do you think you have learnt from the residency and the commission?
J: If I had all the knowledge I have gained from my residency I would have had a planned outcome but as I hadn’t worked like this ever before I couldn’t define what the finished piece would be like- even to myself! I definitely would have recorded each question and answer separately in order to make editing easier.
Thanks for giving me this opportunity; it is so hard for people with disabilities to get chances.
I am aiming to expand on this project into ‘Coventry City of Culture’ and beyond. You definitely haven’t seen the end of me!