“my collection began in the fall of 2001, when i observed a friend of mine as he composed a map for a german exchange student who was visiting our college campus. you could see all of the effort he’d put into it; switching colors often and making lots of wobbly little arrows. it was really quite a work of art. i loved it, so i asked him to draw me a map of chicago heights, where we went to high school. this was followed by a map of the city of chicago, and shortly after i’d managed to acquire a map from a stranger directing me to some store. i hung my meager collection of three maps on my apartment wall, and shortly afterwards i had to pack them away and leave for a study period in france.
this began the second phase of my collecting. being a foreigner, i was always asking for directions, in every new city i’d visit. naturally, this led to many new additions to my collection.”