Pat Payne aka The Velvet Hammer is ‘OMNICREATIVE’ an artist who enjoys creating in any and all disciplines. A Caribbean-American multi-media installation/performance artist, poet, visual artist, costume designer, reluctant shaman, and self-avowed troublemaker. She states: “My process doesn’t subscribe to the artificial differentiations between disciplines, professions, technologies or artistic practices that are meant to categorize, privilege and suppress creative output. My approach to my creative life is fluid, organic, investigative, critical, symbolic, interactive, deconstructive and alchemic.”
A founding member of the Neo-Spinsters poetry troupe, her one-woman shows and poetry have been presented at numerous venues including REDCAT, the LA Women’s Theater Festival, Calgary/Banff Poetry Festival, Nuyorican Poet’s Café, University of Stirling, Edinbrough, and Beyond Baroque. Pat has performed and/or collaborated with a wide range of international and local artists including Quincy Troupe, Exene Cervenka, Juan-Felipe Herrera, Vernon Reid, David Rousseve, Denise Uyehara, Keith Glassman and the California Ear Unit. Her ability to weave strong narrative and striking visual designs into innovative solo theater work and earned her the additional nickname the ‘MacGyver of Performance Art.’
As an actor she’s performed with the Watts Village Theater Company’s Meet Me @ Metro IV: Bringin’ It Home to Watts, and the staged reading of Riot/Rebellion both in 2013. Pat has also ‘pounded the boards’ as an actor in Cornerstone Theater Company’s Justice Cycle productions For All Time,’ (2008) and Touch the Water’ (2009) and played dual roles in the 2009 Moving Target Theater Company and Orange County for Darfur’s production of ‘In Darfur.’
Her visual art has been exhibited in California museums and galleries including the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach and Avenue 50 Studio, Highland Park, Self-Help Graphics in East Los Angeles, and toured in Argentina as part of the Subjected Culture – Interruptions and Resistances on Femaleness show curated by Graciela Ovejero-Postigo. In 2006 Pat was a featured artist in Vernon Reid and C. Daniel Dawson’s Artificial Afrika group show at the Gigantic ArtSpace (GAS) in New York.
Currently, she divides her time between costume design, visual arts, teaching and theater management.