Cynthia Albritton, the artist who made sure future generations would understand exactly what Jimi Hendrix’s rubbish looked like, has died.
According to Deadline, Cynthia Plaster Caster, better known as “Albritton,” who used her plaster casts of famous musicians’ genitals to gain fame, has died aged 74 of a long disease.
Albritton devoted more than half a century to collecting, which at the time of her death included 78 males and 11 females (according to her Wikipedia page). She began working on it in 1968, after trying out (presumably very brave) friends. This earned her some notice and the attention of Frank Zappa, who became something of a patron
On February 2, 2022, she completed her last casting, which was that of Matteo Canfora, a “craftsman, entrepreneur, proletarian,” and set assistant.
She was the subject of a 2001 documentary entitled Plaster Caster and also appears in the 2005 BBC program My Penis And I, which explores male worries about penis size. She has also influenced a lot of musicians with her work – Kiss wrote the song “Plaster Caster” about her, Jim Croce’s “Five Short Minutes” pays
Hopefully, her legacy will be celebrated with a posthumous exhibit of her works, as the previous time they were exhibited was in 2000 in New York.