About Emily Hastie
Emily Rose Hastie is a homegrown Gold Coast artist, and was awarded her Bachelor of Arts/Education degree from the University of Queensland in 2016. Emily most often practices pyrography (wood burning) she discovered as a media in 2018, with a background in drawing and paint media. Emily had her first exhibition at SoFA Gallery in 2018 before joining as a resident artist, going on to co-found Mint Art House in 2019. She has since exhibited artworks in the Gold Coast Level Up Gallery (2019, 2021), the Tweed Regional Gallery Border Prize (2020), “Dusty People” (2019) and Dean Cogle Portrait Prize (2020, 2021) at the Dust Temple, and the This Is Art “Arcana” exhibition (2021) where her original pyrographic work ‘Koala Park’ was acquired by Baz Lurhmann. Emily’s inaugural solo exhibition “Legends of the Surf” (2021) raised thousands for three local conservation and mental health organisations through the auction of 15 original portraits with permission of Gold Coast’s most celebrated surf icons. Emily’s work explores our relationship with the natural environment, and is influenced by her love of our world-class coastal landscape.
2022 SWELL ARTWORK – Ne Plus Ultra, Emily Hastie
Over 2000 years ago, Plato described an ancient utopia called Atlantis that lay west of the Pillars of Hercules. His story told of a highly advanced civilisation whose slide into corruption and greed angered the gods so deeply they sank the entire city beneath the waves.
According to tradition, the latin phrase ‘Ne plus ultra’ was inscribed in the fabled Pillars as a warning to all men: Go no further.
This millennia-old echo from the mythic gates of Atlantis perhaps leaves a lesson for us to learn.
Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 9-18 September.