Carrie Anne Hudson

Who doesn't love cute, fluffy kitties? They're irresistible. But if there's one thing every cat fancier knows, it's that, at any given moment, that adorable little feline can turn on you.

The dark side of cat behavior, and other things that seem perfectly innocent, is explored in North Park artist Carrie Anne Hudson's "Prey," which is on the cover of this week's CityBeat.

"For this piece in particular, I wanted to play with 'pure' versus 'evil,'" Hudson says, "how something that's innocent and soft-looking can be darker on the inside. It's something I always found myself attracted to. I will draw you anything that will look terrifying. I hope the dark eyes would stir something up in people."

Though Hudson likes her art to be open to interpretation, "Prey" has been misunderstood. For instance, some have thought the painting is symbolic of Satanism, which Hudson says is not where she was going with the piece. If anything, she says it's more of a "wholesome kitten gone crazy."

Just like her freaky kitty, Hudson, 24, admits that she has a dark side, despite her bubbly demeanor. She's fascinated by anything creepy, often painting images that are slightly disturbing, but she hates horror movies. She's even known to go off on excited, 20-minute rants about her love of Disneyland.

"I guess it's an interpretation of me in my artwork," she says.

Next, Hudson will travel by train to 13 cities across America with three other artists and a director to film a documentary titled Art Across America. The group will talk to kids about art and shed light on the decline of arts education.

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