Carl Joe Williams (New Orleans)

Alafia (2019)

827 Tchoupitoulas St.; New Orleans Copper Inc.

Carl Joe Williams (New Orleans)

Alafia (2019)

827 Tchoupitoulas St.

New Orleans Copper Inc.


Photography by Crista Rock


Williams’ work involves figures and narratives, featuring complex color combinations, and rhythmic patterns inspired by geometries found in nature and through cultural echoes of African diasporic memory. The word "alafia" in Yoruba language means peace, tranquility, calmness and good tidings coming from the person that says the word.

"In my journey as an artist, I have found that my creative impulses and social convictions and spirituality have harmonized. Through a sense of self-discovery and awareness, with this mural, I intend to create a work of art that is strongly connected to a familiar presence.   For many years, I have been drawn to the African American traditions of quilt making. This interest has expanded to textiles, tapestries, and African fractals. All of these elements are integrated to create an abstract narrative that attempts to connect to the human condition, revealing dreams of peace and tranquility in the consciousness of people both present and departed." -Carl Joe Williams




Carl Joe Williams was born in Uptown New Orleans and was accepted to The New Orleans Center for Creative Art (NOCCA) at the age of 14 where he began his formal training. Upon completing high school, Williams continued his studies at the Atlanta College of Art. Over the years Williams work has expanded to involve murals, sculpture, sound and videography. Williams continues to explore narratives that speak to our collective human condition.

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