|Age (at audition)||28|
|Position Reached||Vegas Round|
As a child, Erin Barylski seemed to be on a constant sugar high and bounced constantly. Since her bones seemed to be part gelatin, she was able to excel in gymnastics and at five years old created her now signature move - The Hopping Splits. In 2007, this unique move landed her on The Late Show with David Letterman's segment, Stupid Human Tricks. This brief 15 minutes of fame inspired her to combine her love of art with movement. She had received my BFA in Art Education from Kent State University and always dreamt of making it big in the art world. Knowing that to be successful one must do something unique, Erin painted her legs and did her hopping splits across a canvas in her backyard. The prints that her painted legs left as she bounced across the canvas was her beginning of splits art.
Her paintings began to develop into very interesting artworks. Using a variety of colors, layers, and textures, her art was developing and pushing the creative envelope. Soon, she started to incorporate body movements aside from the splits. By adding my love of yoga and dance onto her canvases, the depth of imagery and patterns was infinite. All of the things she loved were suddenly combined into one! Art, dance, flexibilty, yoga and performing. She had created something new, creative, and fun. 1
Erin Barylski's audition in Episode 506 consisted of painting the American flag on a large canvas by doing splits with painted legs. Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and Howie Mandel all voted "Yes," sending Erin to the Vegas Round.
Erin Barylski was one of the Standby Acts in the Vegas Round. She was sorted into the "Novelty Acts" category. Her performance in Episode 512 consisted of acting painting "a day at the beach" with her painted thighs. Her audition was not strong enough for the judges to send her to the Quarterfinals, eliminating her from the competition along with Jeffrey Vinokur, Rick Smith Jr., Max Winfrey, and Eric Koloski.
After the Show
In 2011, Erin Barylski was the main attraction at Artopia. This performance was recorded, and she had the opportunity to add in another layer of media by turning her performance into a music/art video. The video gave the viewers the luxury of watching a three-hour perfomance art piece in three minutes with cool effects and high energy music. Now, she looks forward to one of her dreams coming true - showing her art at Miami's prestigious Art Basel. She welcomes the opportunity of getting into the art world and seeing how her "Jackson Polluck turned fitness" artworks are received by the world. 2