Title: È Meglio Chiedere Perdono che Permesso (It is Better to Ask for Forgiveness than Permission)
Medium: Multimedia installation
Size: 8" x 10" print from photograph
The history of Catholicism is inseparable from the history of western society and culture. As a belief system, Catholicism and its underlying principles have affected science, law, politics, and economics, as well as literature and art. We are both willing and unwilling hiers to the legacy of this religion, which has been a pervasive force in the evolution of western civilization. Artists who have rejected the tenets of Catholicism have continued to be affected by what they oppose.
È Meglio Chiedere Perdono che Permesso, (It is better to ask for forgiveness than permission) is an installation exhibited in 1993, Santa Barbara, California. In this work, Ramieri-Hall has begun to incorporate more objects in order to convey her idea as clearly as possible. Her installations border upon theater. She designs and constructs the sets, costumes, and objects. This piece was designed around the Infant Jesus of Prague, the icon for which most Italian and Portuguese women dressed and created costumes each year in celebration of the feast of St. Anthony.
There will be seven images depicted in this series based on the seven deadly sins: Slothfulness, Gluttony, Envy, Lust, Anger, Wickedness, and Frugality. She has completed six images and is currently working on the image of 'Lust'. The iconography is based on the Hieronymus Bosch painting, The Temptation of St. Anthony. The original symbolism is based on Medieval Christian symbols which Ramieri-Hall has reinterpreted for contemporary viewing. Although the work exists in three-dimensions, the only final version is a photograph which Ramieri-Hall has been reproducing in postcard form as the format is useful in getting the image out to the public.