Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Savanah Nelson

The Bad Guy

Thesis Statement

My senior thesis is titled The Bad Guy . This thesis celebrates the perspective of the villain and blurs the moral decision of right and wrong. Villains are necessary for heroes to exist. I uncover issues in society that villians potentially represent. They are formed under the pressures of injustice and highlight issues within their communities. It is rare that we take the time to reflect on the extreme circumstances that caused the villain or “The Bad Guy” to form. Through personal experience and observation, I realized that society is quick to draw opinions from the side of the majority even if the majority is flawed. This concept highlights different villains from childhood cartoons that featured the character of the villain. Villains are casted in cartoons on the Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon. Without the bold and reactive spirit of the “The Bad Guy”, societal issues would not be addressed. My senior show The Bad Guy is a space where people such as myself can find comfort in knowing that though you may be perceived as the villain, your perspective is important. WE CELEBRATE THE VILLAIN.

  • “Something has to be break the ice, so I provide the hammer” -Vannyywhite

    Since an early age, I have always been intrigued by arts and entertainment. From photo shoots featuring a movie star, to the talent shows, playing instruments, styling and thrifting, I was inspired to create something dope. I did not discover my love for digital design until I dove head first into the VCDMA program at Bowie State University. My senior thesis is a direct reflection of my matriculation and new found ability to open my interpersonal feelings to a larger audience.