Violence pervades the news around the world; shootings on the street, in schools and the workplace seem routine. Many of us are out of touch with the real violence of poverty and struggle. In my work, I re-purpose images from magazines to create a more nuanced interpretation of the news. My photographs, rooted in pictorial history, are not collaged or computer manipulated, [but] reveal a painterly [layered] aesthetic that transcends and re-frames the violence behind them. I utilize the diptych as a method for reinforcing the notion of my art practice as a mapping or recording of time.