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October 19, 2011

Plaster Casters: Groupie impressions or Art?

The Plaster Caster

While at art college in the mid-1960s, Cynthia Albritton was given an assignment to "plaster cast something solid that could retain its shape". Being a shy girl, but wanting to emerge herself in the free love rock world, she used this assignment as a way to entice rock stars to sleep with her, making a plaster cast of their genitalia. The first rock star to agree to be casted was Jimi Hendrix. Since this was her first mold, she opened the mold too soon and it cracked in half, but she use Elmer's glue to put it back together. 

Jimi Hendrix

She soon met Frank Zappa, who found the idea both humorous and a creative art form, became somewhat of a patron for Cynthia. He moved her out to California where she could many willing participants. She became known as Cynthia Plaster Caster.
Zappa wanted to preserve all of the casts in hopes of putting them in an art exhibit, though this never happened due to not enough famous rock star participants. But over the years she has become a legend in the groupie world. She later expanded her subjects to film makers and other kinds of artists, and in 2000 began making casts of breasts. 
 
Margaret Doll Rod

The Plaster Caster While at art college in the mid-1960s, Cynthia Albritton was given an assignment to  "plaster cast something solid that could retain its shape". Being a shy girl, but wanting to emerge herself in the free love rock world, she used this assignment as a way to entice rock stars to s ...»See Ya