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Art in ’08: Surrounded by Her Art

Annie Albagli makes her work in three dimensions

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At BU, the visual arts mean more than pictures hanging in galleries.Art means images from a cross-country trip painted on walls, delicatesculptures made of concrete and steel, and innovative ways of lookingat the world. This week, BU Today looks back at the year in visual artsat Boston University.

Stepping off the elevators on the fifth floor of the College of Fine Arts was like stepping into a new world: six seemingly crude and ancient white pillars surrounding a ribcage resting on a golden altar. Sculptor Annie Albagli couldn’t have been happier with the effect created by her exhibition Gratitude in a Time of Exile, which was on display at CFA through March 22.

“I want people to enter another world that can represent the sanctity of a place,” says Albagli (CFA’08), who is influenced by the ancient stones people walk over every day in such places as Israel and Egypt. “I think what I want to create with my work is a world that can completely immerse you.”

Albagli, who was originally a painting major, says her love of sculpture comes from the feeling it gives her of being surrounded by her art.

“With sculpture, I can say it in one sentence, and with painting I have to say it in a paragraph,” she says. “It takes a lot more to explain what you’re going for, at least for me.”

Kimberly Cornuelle can be reached at kcornuel@bu.edu.

This story originally ran March 20, 2008.

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