"But I let you fall back like diving-bells into chaos. You shall leave it never more. For me it is enough to have retained the memory of you. You must make room for other substances, less beautiful perhaps, and spawned by the stormy excesses of a love that has resolved not to slake its thirst anywhere near the human race. A ravenous love, that would devour itself did it not seek nourishment in celestial fictions... "
According to Mia Farrow's autobiography, Salvador Dalí once presented her with a housewarming gift of a painted clear glass jar, containing one live rat and one dead rat, which he entitled, 'Death Devouring Itself'. Horrified, Mia threw her gift over the neighbor's stone wall fence shattering it to oblivion.
The original live rose, which is depicted, was procured for the purpose of drawing for a girl whose fancy I was lulling. Ultimately, it didn't work out. The rose wilted and coiled over. Bleeding from its dead petals. Love devouring itself...
EARLY SKETCH & CONCEPT STUDIES :Nick Kushner. 'Love Devouring Itself' sketch study. 2004.