Stephen Fairfield is a full-time artist with some 35 years experience. For the past 11 years he has been focused on creating new media and steel public art sculptures. He has public art creations in San Diego, Sonoma, and Palm Desert CA, Green Bay, WI, Tucson, AZ, Champaign-Urbana, IL and Lancaster, PA. His goal is sculpture that makes participants from observers and creates dynamic tension and motion. Materials used include electronic technology, light emitting diodes, plastics/resins, polycarbonate diffraction gratings, aluminum, stainless and carbon steel, and cement. He creates both solar powered and grid-tied new media art, of impressionistic and abstract expressions: heroic creatures, standing or suspended abstract forms of highly polished aluminum cylinders, stainless steel spheres and planes that incorporate light, color, motion & reflectivity.
In general with his sculptures he seeks to make a statement about the natural environment, the impact of humans on the world, or directions culture has taken or is moving towards. Originally trained in the Biomedical Sciences, he received a Ph.D in molecular biology and biochemistry, and served a postdoctoral fellowship at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology in Nutley, NJ (1971-73). In addition to his scientific career he has managed numerous programs in human services (with annual budgets ~$200K USD), been the Associate Director for Leaders for Global Operations, a manufacturing program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (annual budget ~ $9M USD), and been responsible for resource development in southeastern Arizona for the Arizona Community Foundation.