La diaspora extraña explores a longing for the familiar, for one’s own. Through the piece, Rodval takes a vibrant approach to the homesickness she often experiences while residing far away from her island.
With the use of windows, she depicts a portal between contrasting worlds. In one, we see her looking outward, surrounded by buildings and nothingness. In the others, a glimpse into the life she yearns for— home.
“Puerto Ricans are often met with the difficult choice: stay in their homeland, close to loved ones, while facing a neverending list of obstacles, or seek a better life elsewhere. It is not an easy decision, as the constant struggle on the island can be mentally and emotionally draining. I ultimately decided to leave...easily the toughest choice I've ever made, because much like the coquí, I can’t seem to find my tune in this strange diaspora.” —Y.R.
In the piece, Rodval depicts herself in a frog pose to draw a parallel between her and the coqui, a Puerto Rican frog that only sings in its homeland. This is a metaphor for her own experience—the importance one’s home carries and the impact a place can have on the human spirit.