'Eaton Mess' is the second piece in a series Ashley has created from his fascination of biomimicry, natural fruit stains, and seeking to capture moments in time. The title is a play on words from 'Eton mess', a famous traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, blueberries, pieces of meringue, and cream, which is traditionally served at Eton College's annual cricket game against the pupils of Harrow School dating back to the 1900's. Ashley carefully squeezes different fruits and berries into individual bowls to create a vibrant organic palette of colours. He then creates an explosive injection of the fruits and stains onto large white sheets of paper, and then photographs each piece from all different angles before he digitally manipulates the images. To further explain the title, and a reflection of Nature not creating waste, Ashley then takes all the remaining fruit, pulp, skin to make a wonderful pure juice which he Eats.
printed onto brushed aluminium, with floating rear frame, ready to hang, leaving the white un-printed so the beautiful texture shines through