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Yanko has a vested interest in recognizing the lineage of her materials and understanding their origins. She is fascinated by the human tendency to see objects only as they appear, and strives to expand this one-dimensional perspective.

Yanko encourages viewers to question their casual interactions with materials by pairing metal and skins. The dynamic she creates by weaving the skin through, around, and between metal pieces illustrates an investigation into perception. In 33, the skin explores found objects, physically probing them, and establishes a stark contrast in their compositions. By juxtaposing their qualities, each material gains a new existence in relation to its new context—and thus may be perceived differently than it otherwise would be. It gestures towards recognizing things for what they really are, and being aware of our interactions with these things: this work challenges manufactured perceptions.

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