Cardinet’s practice focuses on contemporary society and ethics regarding single-use wastage in the packaging industry. Her body of work critically questions the relationship between humans and the environment in repurposing found material such as single-use plastics. Her work has examined concepts of consumerism waste and environmental degradation.
Through her artist residencies and inspired by the freedom instilled in artists from the Arte Povera and Art Brut movements from around the world her creations of costumes and large-scale installations incorporate found materials often referencing and encouraging sustainability mindedness and action.
Her work has been exhibited in art prizes as finalists and festivals in Australia and internationally.
In 2017 she was invited to create an installation for the opening of the French Film Festival and was included in the Bastille Day festival program.
In 2018 following an Artist Residency at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, her Op-shop up-cycled Fashion collection was the inspiration behind the RENEW Runway with Yarra Youth Services for the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival.
In 2019 for ClimArte festival she curated the exhibition Bleached at the Alliance Française de Melbourne. Within this exhibition she collaborated with Gabrielle Leah New on a project to bring awareness to the environmental destruction caused by coral bleaching of our reefs.
This year during their collaboration at the Yarra Sculpture Gallery winter artist residency Carolyn and Gabrielle developed a video and installation based project, reflecting on climate change by bringing together issues on last summer’s bushfires and the fossil fuel industry.