CHARLES EDWARD WILLIAMS



SUN + LIGHT
WARM WATER
SELF
PUT YOUR HANDS WHERE MY EYES CAN SEE
BLACK RIVER
NIGHT
EVERYONE LOVES THE SUNSHINE
HERE WE STAND


NEWS
05.21 - A View of City: Knoxville and Undercurrents, Knoxville Museum of Art
(KMA), Knoxville, TN
06.21 - Forward, Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC) Grant
08.21 - This is America, Kunstraum Potsdam, Berlin, Germany
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PROFILE
Charles Edward Williams is a contemporary visual artist from Georgetown, SC.
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TEXT BY: HEATHER HAKIMZADEH
© CHARLES EDWARD WILLIAMS
PUT YOUR HANDS WHERE MY EYES CAN SEE



Winthrop University McColl Center of Art & Innovation
"Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See" references the vulnerability found at the moment a Black man is placed under arrest. In each painting, the hands serve as metaphor for the emotional state of both the figure being arrested and the arresting authority. Clenching, grasping, grabbing, or open in capitulation, each one lays bare the narrative specific to the individual. Both recent and historical events evidence that this continues to be a moment of deep angst for Black people who face arrest in this country.

Williams drew inspiration from Francisco Goya's The Disasters of War series and Gerhard Richter's "October 18, 1977. Both illustrate the worse of humanity within official government structures.  Williams asks the viewer to understand the extreme anxiety people face when their government does not represent them and often denies their humanity within its systems.