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Cynthia Albritton, higher often called “Cynthia Plaster Caster” for the plaster casts she manufactured from rock star non-public components, died after what her representatives mentioned was an extended sickness. She was 74.
Though unconventional and a self-described “recovering groupie,” Albritton advanced as an artist, increasing from music stars to movie administrators, finally including females. She began her profession by making a forged utilizing a dental mold-making substance known as alginate, which solidified across the topic’s member after which slipped off because the participant, er, “cooled off.”
In 1968, Jimi Hendrix was her first forged. She later expanded to incorporate male filmmakers within the assortment after which feminine artists’ breasts.
Among the many artists who submitted to the method have been Wayne Kramer of the MC5 and Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks. Kiss’ Gene Simmons wrote a tune known as “Plaster Caster” for the band’s 1977 platinum album “Love Gun.” “The plaster’s gettin’ harder and my love is perfection/A token of my love for her collection,” he sang — however Albritton mentioned she by no means forged any member of that band.
Albritton was born in Chicago, and moved to Los Angeles after befriending Frank Zappa, who supported her craft however declined to take part within the artwork.
After her condominium was burglarized in 1971, the casts got to Zappa’s enterprise companion, Herb Cohen. After an extended hiatus from cast-making, Albritton tried to get them again. When Cohen balked, issues finally devolved right into a courtroom case, with Albritton finally getting again all however three of the casts.
She had her first artwork exhibit in New York in 2000 after which was the topic of a 2001 documentary, “Plaster Caster.”
No info on survivors or memorial plans has been introduced.