This sculpture was created during my recently completed year-long studio residency at The Florence Trust in London UK. During my residency, I developed an interest in certain British traditions surrounding hunting and field sports. I began to focus on the significant history of the relationship we have with the animal world through historical cultural traditions while simultaneously juxtaposing the significance of such traditions with the complex issues percolating around their relevance in the 21st century.
My Sculpture, End Of The Chase, is a reconfigured version of a Victorian period rocking horse housed in London’s V&A Museum Of Childhood. The work intends to touch on the dilemmas of the fox hunting sport that is rooted in British culture. This particular sculpture developed while I was considering the 2014 hunting act that passed in Britain which in turn attempts to obliterate this century old tradition/lifestyle. Touching on notions of innocence and shame, I’m fascinated by the simultaneous desire of opposing standpoints in such cases as the fox hunt. On one hand, an importance of maintaining a cultural tradition, and on the other, a contemporary world with growing ethical concerns. For me, the rocking horse - a child's toy references the sport as a game for “play” - the horse collapsed references the state of the hunt due to the hunting act- a collapsing of a historical activity or the collapse of the hunt as an institution. The title of the work also plays on these ideas, "end of the chase" intends to refer to the ending of this tradition while questioning the victory.
Nicholas Crombach is currently an artist in residence at The Florence Trust in London, UK. Crombach graduated from OCAD University’s Sculpture and Installation program in 2012. He has been awarded the Hayden Davies Memorial Award, Samuel Lazar Kagan Award, Abraham and Malka Green Award, and a BMO 1st Art Nomination. His work has been seen at Angell Gallery, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, the Red Head Gallery and Whippersnapper in Toronto. His work, Jasper was a finalist in Figurativas 15 at the Museu Europen d'Art Modern (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain. In 2012 Crombach executed a public art commission, Billy, Nanny, and the Kids, in Burlington.