Kate Dawson is an Orono, ME based artist and sex educator. Dawson grew up in Maine, attended University of King’s College’s Foundation Year Programme, and went west to attend Colorado College (CC) where she earned a B.A. in English and a minor in the Arts in Theory and Practice. At CC she participated in avante-garde theater performances, original contemporary musical theater, and produced public radio and T.V. stories focused on arts and culture in the Pikes Peak region. Dawson has also has a strong interest in outdoor leadership and has hiked in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska, the 100-mile wilderness in Maine, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Baja, Mexico and Abisko, Sweden. She returned to Maine in 2009 to begin the Intermedia MFA. After a hiatus to learn the family business of real estate, she is back completing her thesis.
Dawson’s initial research in the Intermedia program investigated walking as art practice and how movement in the physical world could be a mirror to psychological states. She used documentation of walks in her immediate landscapes in multimedia installations and performative work.
Dawson’s current work explores ideas of self love, self care, embodied knowledge, queer identity, and sexuality. She employs feminist performance art methods, experimental documentary forms, experiential somatic research, and radical self care practices in her creative work. She studies with artist and sex educator Betty Dodson and is a certified Bodysex Workshop facilitator. This training continues to inform her art practice. Dawson’s aim is to bring feminist self care practices and rituals into art spaces.