cynthia plaster caster
Plaster Caster (born Cynthia Albritton on May 24, 1947) is an artist and
self-described "recovering groupie" who creates plaster casts of
famous persons' penises and breasts.
began her career in 1968 by casting penises of rock musicians. She later
expanded her subjects to include filmmakers and other types of artists. By 2000
she had begun casting female artists' breasts.
was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States, North America.
as a young girl, Cynthia sought out a way to make contact with the opposite sex.
In the late-1960s she became caught up in free love and rock music. In college,
when her art teacher gave the class an assignment to "plaster cast
something solid that could retain its shape", her idea to use the
assignment as a lure to entice rock stars to have sex with her became a hit,
even before she made a cast of anyone's genitalia. Finding a dental moldmaking
substance called alginate to be sufficient, she found her first client in Jimi
Hendrix, the first of many to submit to the idea.
Frank Zappa, who found the concept of "casting" both humorous and
creative as an art form, Albritton found in him something of a patron. He moved
her to Los Angeles, California, which she described as a veritable groupie
heaven, with no lack of assistants. Together, Zappa and Albritton conceived an
idea of preserving the casts of musicians for a future exhibition, entrusting
them to his partner, Herb Cohen, for safekeeping. This idea never took off, due
to a lack of famous rock stars as participants. A movie was made of Cynthia
Plaster Caster, and her celebrity grew. However, she found herself having to
file a lawsuit to retrieve the casts. She decided to cast women's breasts as
well in 2000.
film documentary, Plaster Caster (2001), has been made about her, and she has
inspired at least two songs: "Plaster Caster" by Kiss and "Five
Short Minutes" by Jim Croce. She is also mentioned in theLe Tigre song
"Nanny Nanny Boo Boo".