Vanitas and memento mori paintings are meant to remind the viewer of the brevity of life. In her work, Ainsworth is flipping the script on what has historically represented vanitas: objects of doom and gloom. She is using what may have been someone’s prized possession, and those items that are passed down generations. The beings included in Ainsworth’s compositions are symbols of a visit from a late loved one, when one might sense a presence. Ainsworth would like her work to add to a conversation about how family history, death, values and mental health are discussed in America.