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Merryn Omotayo Alaka is Phoenix based multi-media artist. She holds a BFA in printmaking from Arizona State University. Her work, inspired by both West African textiles and Black feminism, includes lithographs, graphic textile design, jewelry, and large-scale sculptures. Alaka assesses the material culture of physical objects such as family heirlooms, jewelry, hair, and fabric as a way to address subjective cultural and racial perspectives. She uses contemporary observations of class and race combined her Nigerian American heritage.

Alaka has exhibited her work nationally and most recently showed work in the 2018 Arizona Biennial. Since 2018 Alaka has worked as the co-curator and assistant gallery manager at a Phoenix based gallery, Modified Arts. In February of 2019 she curated Americana, a political exhibition which examined race, class, and cultural identity.