Once Only Only Once” was made in Kyoto this year and exhibited in the Daitoku-ji complex in Obai-in temple in April 2018 as free standing Byobu screens made of cedar wood, mulberry, rice paper and silk, and combined with photographs printed on rice paper. These traditional screens were made by Heiando, in Kyoto in collaboration with Karen Knorr. The photographs are transformed into one off unique hand made objects with the aid of Japanese master craft technique.
The titles of the photographs allude to Buddhist precepts of peace, harmony and the pursuit of happiness and to a 16th century tea master Sen-no Rikyu. "Ichi-go ichi-e" describes a cultural concept of treasuring meetings with people. The term is translated as "never again" or "one chance in a lifetime". The term reminds people to cherish any gathering that they may take part in, reminding us that many meetings in life are not repeated, each moment is always once-in-a-lifetime. This concept is most commonly associated with the Japanese tea ceremony