In 2008 on a Montague traveling fellowship from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, I traveled to Switzerland to complete work for the project, The Promise of Real Estate. Within this project I responded to the idea of the surrogate landscape on earth as a stand-in for heaven, or the notion of “heaven on earth.” The impetus to travel to Switzerland was rooted in my family’s genealogical obsession with Switzerland as the “mother land” as a symbol for regret over leaving for America. This
regret created an enduring family myth and obsession with Switzerland as an idealized, heavenly landscape.