If there are similarities between the ways in which artists and anthropologists study with the world, then could we not regard the artwork as a result of something like an anthropological study, rather than as an object of such study? We are already used to the idea that the results of anthropological research need not be confined to written texts. They may also include photographs and films. But could they not also include drawings, paintings or sculpture? Or works of craft? Or musical compositions? Or even buildings?…Could not works of art be regarded as forms of anthropology, albeit ‘written’ in non-verbal media?

Tim Ingold, Making: Anthropology, Archeology, Art and Architecture