Cicada, fittingly dubbed with double entendre: for both the insect, native to Texas and Japan alike, and in reverence to Elsa Peretti's personal eyewear, from which the Cicada takes some of its shapely cues.
References exist, naturally, at unexpected intersections: Crowded crosswalks and crystal-clear constellations. The 80's underground and 80 mile-per-hour highways. High-rises and the high plains. Also called to mind are Donald Judd's Marfa, Texas, and the art island of Naoshima, Japan. Remote zones of insulated inspiration, these towns are unified in their separateness, related in their singularity. Both are places where the natural world collides with supernatural works of art. They speak their soliloquies into the surrounding silence, yet echo one another from across the Earth.
It is in this spirit that VADA Eyes was formed – of juxtaposition, geometry and jazz. Of feminine and masculine, of artist and object. Of reverence and rebellion. Convening at the corner of Watanabe's disco punks and vintage rhinestone cowboys, where watercolor skies meet dusty desert terrain, Collection II derives its name from an actual place: Tokio, Texas, a ghost town in the far western reaches of the state.