Jazz Moreton is a socially-engaged artist who is concerned with socio-political themes such as the ways that marginalised groups struggle to be accepted as part of mainstream society. Jazz works in a variety of mediums ranging from the rebellious medium of Performance to the often-ignored disabled voice.
Jazz graduated with first-class Honours in Fine Art from the University of Gloucestershire in 2017.
In July 2019 Jazz was awarded a place on the Cultivating Flight in Blue Skies in partnership with Coventry Biennial, DASH and Talking Birds with a studio here at Eaton House. Jazz was commissioned to create a piece of work for the Coventry Biennial.
For Cultivating Flight in Blue Skies Jazz explored the disabled voice, a term she uses in relation to her neurogenic stammer but which could also refer to a wide range of impairments affecting speech, making artworks which attempt to open up dialogues around communication and perception.
The result of her residency is an audio-based work titled “Discursive Ability”which you can listen to when you visit The Twin exhibition at The Row for the duration of the Coventry Biennial.
Jazz explains:“People fear the unfamiliar, and they fear upsetting disabled people by even broaching the subject of how some of us sound, as if we’re not aware of it.”
You can view a video trailer for “Discursive Ability” in this video by producer Jon Randle…https://vimeo.com/349333199
Photo credit: Talking Birds