Ears of corn in bright-colored condoms. Olives in a lipstick tube. These are among the unlikely objects that UNR MFA candidate Birdy McCray has seen in her dreams and brought to fruition in wall sculptures and digital installations.


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“Dream Object 14;” photo courtesy Birdy McCray

Birdy’s video installation Your Body is Art was on view in December 2022 on the video wall at the Canyon Flats student apartment building in downtown Reno. Photo: Ashley Gottlieb

“Man Feeds Things To Me” is a piece from 2015. Photo courtesy Birdy McCray

Birdy McCray. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Birdy McCray’s work is part of Digitally Deciphered, Physically Ephemeral, a group show with Luke Rizzotto and David Delfin on view at Sierra Arts in downtown Reno through April 1, with a reception from 12-4 pm March 18. 

Her thesis show, False Awakening, will be on view April 17-26 at UNR’s Student Galleries South in the Jot Travis Building. She’ll give a talk on dreams and art in the gallery at 5 pm on April 20. 

You can see more of Birdy’s work on her website.

Posted by Charlotte Italiano

Charlotte Italiano is a freelance journalist from Perth, Australia who is finishing her final semester at the University of Nevada, Reno.