Drawing is both a “way out” and a “way in” for Marcelo. His art is a way out of his past, a place where he can settle his mind and stabilize his own difficult childhood experiences. It's also a way in to his own self, a place where he gets to learn about himself through a type of meditative practice with lines, fonts and color. Marcelo has found a place to simultaneously ground himself and his traumatic past and reinvent himself into a new present. He explores himself through his own artistic meditation—through hypnotic, repetitive colorful trends or through words or turns or phrases that blend playful, childhood expression with the harsh, raw experiences and perspectives he is all too familiar with.