What Led to Artist Cynthia Plaster Caster’s Death at 75?
It’s with great sorrow and a heavy heart that we inform you of Cynthia Caster’s death at the age of 75. The great artist passed away on April 21, 2022, but Cynthia Plaster Caster’s cause of death has not been announced at this time.
Cynthia was born Cynthia Albritton on May 24, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois. She was known as an artist and self-described “recovering groupie” who earned fame for creating plaster casts of well-known persons’ erect penises.
She began her career in 1968 by casting penises of famous rock musicians. The artist expanded her subjects to include filmmakers and other kinds of artists, and eventually, she gathered a collection of 50 plaster phalluses. Caster added casting female artists’ breasts in 2000.
A film documentary named Plaster Caster was made about her in 2001. Albritton contributed to the BBC Three documentary My Penis and I, made by filmmaker Lawrence Barraclough about his anxiety over his 9 cm erect penis.
The late artist inspired at least two songs: “Plaster Caster” by Kiss and “Five Short Minutes” by Jim Croce. Cynthia’s name is mentioned in Scottish songwriter Momus’ song “The Penis Song” on his album Folktronic and the electronic rock band Le Tigre’s song “Nanny Nanny Boo Boo“.
Pamela Des Barres, of Frank Zappa’s group The GTOs, recorded a conversation with Albritton from Chicago for the GTOs album Permanent Damage in 1969.
In 2010, she ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Chicago, Illinois, the U.S. on the “Hard Party” ticket. Cynthia is the inspiration for the character Juicy Lucy in Good Girls Revolt.
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Details of Cynthia Plaster Caster’s Cause of Death
Details of Cynthia Plaster Caster’s cause of death have not been shared with the public at this time. Her family also has not released a statement to confirm the sad news.
After Albritton Met Frank Zappa, she found in him something of a patron. Zappa moved her to LA, which Cynthia described as veritable groupie heaven.
In 1971, after her apartment was burglarized, Frank and Cynthia decided the casts should be preserved for a future exhibition, and entrusted them to his legal partner, Herb Cohen, for safekeeping.
Their idea did not take off however due to a sudden lack of rock stars willing to participate. The Chicago artist made no casts between 1971 and 1980 and finally held her first exhibition of the casts in NYC in 2000.
After the sad news of Cynthia Caster’s death was announced, social media users quickly flooded social media, especially Twitter with tribute messages.
“I’m sad to hear that Cynthia (Plaster Caster) Albritton has passed away. I first met her through a mutual friend about 25 years ago and then always added her to my guest list whenever Dave Davies played Chicago. She was (obviously) a fun person who will be missed,” Jonathan Lea wrote.
“I’m sorry to hear about the passing of our friend Cynthia Plastercaster. She was not only a fascinating artist but she was a lovely, down-to-earth person and we always had a great time in her company. RIP. We’ll miss you a lot, doll,” Steve Darnall said on Twitter.
Jill Hopkins tweeted: “Cynthia Albritton was one of those people that loomed so large as an icon, that when I finally got to meet her, I was amazed at how real she was. A sweet woman who loved music art, & her friends passionately, and who will always loom large to me. Rest well, Ms. Plaster Caster.”
“Chicago, the art world, and rock ‘n’ roll have last a true legend. Word has come my way that Cynthia Plaster Caster has moved onto join Jimi in realms beyond. I did not know her super well, but she was always lovely and so funny and full of life,” one fan tweeted.
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